Water, Skies, and Natural Landscapes from Oregon, Washington, and travels.
Friday, November 1, 2013
EAST FORK HOOD RIVER, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Competition, Day 2
Fresh From the Glacier, 9 x 12 oil
August 31, Afternoon. The East Fork of the Hood River shoots a little bending arm past the farm. From this spot on the riverbank you can't tell that this is only a bit of the swiftly running river. It is silty turquoise and energetic as it tumbles over rounded boulders. Here by the stream, in the shade, there is respite from the heat that has burned the grasses dry. Sun and water have a delicate balance in this country where pears grow fat in irrigated fields.
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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