Autumn won`t really arrive here for another 6 weeks but the record breaking heat ended abruptly. This is a golden moment in the Northwest. Desperately needed rain has returned, the fires are contained, and most days are clear and mild. Happy to be alive weather.
The top painting is of a section of Bryant Woods no more than an acre in total. Yet it`s so dense, I always get completely turned around even though I can hear the road 25 feet away. Must be a vortex. For five years I`ve marched into it determined to complete the trail loop and end up walking out the place I entered!
I began both paintings by staining the canvas with thin layers of paint. At least two so that when heavier paint was applied, I could scratch through and blot for texture. The primary trees were placed last.
Below is another of Bryant Woods from a couple of years ago;
I ran across the work of Scotty Mitchell this week and thought she was doing something quite original with the Southwestern landscape. That arid region has been set upon by earnest painters by the score for over a hundred years. Here`s a sweet essay about her work by Ann Weiler Walka. Below is one of her beautiful paintings;
Among the many offensive things said at the Republican debate the other night, was Carly Fiorina`s indignant claim to have seen a film of a kicking fetus being kept alive so that its brain could be harvested. This isn`t true. Listen to Elizabeth Warren`s impassioned defense of Planned Parenthood and then consider the government is about to be shut down again by radical Republicans aiming to destroy that honorable institution.
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Portland Open Studios-Oct. 10,11,17 and 18