Sunday, September 22, 2013

CLOUDS, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition, Day 1

West Hills Clouds, 9 x 12 oil
Sally O'Neill and I move into the house we will be renting for the duration of the competition.  We have a vinyard across the street!  Late afternoon treats us to this cloud view.

Friday, September 20, 2013

SUNFLOWERS IN HOOD RIVER, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competiton, Day 1

Sunflowers Against the Hills, 12 x 9 oil
How fun to see all the familiar faces at the Gorge White House.  I really enjoy painting in the company of all the plein air folk.  The flowers on the farm are in rare form, rows and rows of Dahlias, gladiolas, and tall, rangey sunflowers.  Energy is high, and it's a delight to see what everyone is painting.  Don't miss the show, at the Columbia Center for the Arts, through Sept. 29.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Lilacs and Roses, 24 x 24 oil on canvas

A rare, for me, still life, painted in Sally O'Neill's flower painting workshop.... Outdoors in the sun!

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Eugene, oil on panel 9 x 12
After a really long drive yesterday, I have once again gotten up early to drive to a paint-out competition.  This view from Skinner's butte is my afternoon painting, looking down on the downtown area of Eugene.  It's a hot day, barely tolerable from under my umbrella, with the sun reflecting off the pavement of the parking lot.  Two years ago when I visited Eugene, the town looked discouraged.  Now it is waking up, with fresh activities downtown, and a really great community effort in putting on this art competition.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Mt. Hood Dawn
Oil on Panel, 16 x 12
What is it about morning light?  There is a fine mist in the valley, and the rising sun glistens on the Sandy River.  It's a day for visitors.  Several people stop by and watch us paint.  Another artist stops by and shares her portfolio.  Walkers, joggers, even people having breakfast in transit.  All of them leave us in just a few minutes.  Painting is such a great way to spend more time, really experiencing a place.