Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Powell Butte

 Peaceful Mountain 10" x 10" November
 painting plein air
September Mountain 9" x 12"
Summer Path 16" x 20"
On a beautiful Fall day a few days ago, I went to paint plein air at one of my favorite paces, Powell Butte Nature Park.  From that height, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and other mountains in the Cascade range are visible on a clear day.  I painted on a square to focus on Mt. Hood, bright against a blue sky. 

At the visitor center, there is a quote from John Muir:  "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in, where Nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."  I hope that my paintings will capture some of that healing beauty we all receive from Nature.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall Colors

 Perfect Fall Day 5" x 7"
 Solitary Tree with Orange Leaves 5" x 7"
Solitary Bare Tree ("Endurance") 9" x 12"

Continuing daily painting past October pumpkins.  There are still some trees with leaves although most have fallen on their last journey to the earth.  I look for rich colors, no matter the weather.  Daily painting is a commitment and expense, so sometimes I paint on tiny 4" x 4" boards, or watercolor or colored pencil on paper.  Is this good practice or am I a glutton for punishment?  All are posted on Facebook on #paintingoctober and #paintingnovember, the failed experiments as well as the good.  These are three I like.