Water, Skies, and Natural Landscapes from Oregon, Washington, and travels.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Coast Pine Tangle, oil 9 x 12
Every year at the Oregon Coast, Erik Sandgren coordinates a group of painters for two weeks, painting together each day at a different location. This year, I join the group during the second week at Rocky Creek. I have driven from 90 degree heat in the Willamette Valley, and it is something of a shock when I climb out of the car and am hit by a blast of cold air. I almost climb back in, but I have come to paint with these other painters, so the least I can do is to see what they are up to. After a half-hour of visiting with friends and acquaintances, I have adjusted to the temperature and a tangle of pine trees snags my attention. I settle on to the grass a few feet from my car and paint.
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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