I am painting at the Gorge Crest Vinyard in Washington, with hordes of other painters in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2011. The vinyard has an expansive lawn, bordered by tall Douglas-firs, highlighting this view of Mt. Hood. It is a sunny day, but we can see hints of weather to come. The mountain collects weather around its skirts like small children wanting to dance and play.
As a plein air painter, I spend many contented hours sitting in some inspiring spot with the sights and sounds of the outdoors, capturing my impressions of light and color. Back in the studio, these works expand, recreating a particular place in a special moment.
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