To avoid the nightmare of parking for the Lake Oswego Arts Festival, I pulled off the road and parked illegally above the creek and walked in. This bright idea left me wet with sweat looking for a cool corner to compose myself once I arrived. Soon I was dry enough for polite society and saw the shows. When I returned to my car, I retrieved my outdoor painting gear determined to do something on location. It`s a paradox that a process that is such a hassle ever produces anything of merit. I walked and slipped down the embankment to a sweet little spot near the falls. Once in position with a board across my lap, brushes,watercolors, kleenex, sponge, q-tips and water all within reach, I think my focus sharpened. I wanted to make this count. Using a severely limited palette freed me up to pursue the mood of the place.
Productive week! It`s truly amazing all that can be accomplished while procrastinating something really important. I also did these and two mediocre abstractions;
From a walk in Tryon Creek Park the other day. The water is already slow and dreamy.
A view in Oceanside I`ve tried to paint several times to no avail. This one I`ll keep.
It`s been three years since I was in Hawaii so this one was a struggle. At one point I was even scrubbing it with sandpaper!
Such a beautiful clump of trees jutting from the overgrown side of the mountain.
Portland has a new art supplier and it meets my approval! No more stupid Dick Blick. I`ve been to the Artists and Craftsman Supply off SE Powell twice now and it`s wonderful. Knowledgeable staff, good prices and a huge selection!
work for sale in my studio
"New Landscapes" Coos Art Museum July 9 - Oct.1
Columbia Gorge Getaways [excellent for residents and visitors]