I realized summer was moving ahead quickly and I need to get lots of photographs to carry me through the next winter’s painting. Sort of like getting all the fruit made into jam and cucumbers pickled. So Terry went with me to Baskett Slough (is there any where else?) with our three cameras and we began foraging for beautiful landscape reference photos.
The grasses are mature now and different wildflowers are thick everywhere — summer is very different from spring. The oaks were stalwart as ever, no change in their color for a few more months.
At one of the ponds we found a hardworking heron, busily hunting whatever looked delicious. His mate was nearby in the thick grass, probably watching the young. As he worked the pond from both sides I suddenly noticed in the viewfinder that I’d been snapping photos of a quiet doe passing through the scene. Nice to have a deer and a heron in the same shot!
Here are some of my pickings today. Now I can look forward to winter–sort of.
It was a lovely day but I didn’t have time to drive off somewhere to paint plein air, plus the roses in the back yard were calling. We planted the roses last year — they are called Amanda Lambert rose, and they are really fantastic. So many blooms. The painting is only 8×10″ so ships easily — click here for information.
New art! Here’s a cloudscape over the Willamette Valley. 11 x 14″, framed with gold wood frame with linen liner. Very traditional looking, yet Impressionist color and paintstrokes. $160 plus shipping.
New painting today — the little pond at the Connie Hansen Garden, with a couple of orange fish frolicking with tadpoles. Love spring!
Garden Vision, oil on canvas 24×48″ $560
Today was my first day painting outdoors (plein air) this year, because it was our FIRST really nice day here. Sunny all day. No rain. I had entered the “Plein Air Yaquina” competition, which involves painting outdoors in the Yaquina River watershed. I have until August 1 to paint an entry for the show, which will be juried and held on Labor Day Weekend. It’s a community effort in the little town of Toledo, here on the coast. And it’s an excellent motivator to get out and paint.
Terry and I drove along the river and found several possible sites. Finally I just stopped and set up. An hour later, I had a good study done. It was just heaven, with NO WIND. You read that correctly. So different from the actual beach areas where the ocean breeze is continual and wildly punitive to anyone with an easel and a palette loaded with wet piles of paint.
It was so nice listening to birds chirping like crazy, ducks beating the water with their wings, and watching herons looking for their brunch along the water’s edge. I’ll be painting at my studio in the Lincoln City Cultural Center over the weekend, but Monday morning, it’s back to the river.
It’s here! Spring. But you wouldn’t know it. Cold, rain, and waiting for that flirtatious sunshine. That makes it a great time to paint in the studio, though. And, speaking of studio, I will be launching a new painting venue soon. I’ve rented “The Principal’s Office,” at the historic DeLake School, now the Lincoln City Cultural Center. It’s small but very high-ceilinged and has a large window. Perfect. I’ll start by moving in an easel, paints, comfy chairs and whatever else needed to get settled for painting and visiting. I plan to paint there four days a week: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday — from mid-day to late afternoon or so). Stay tuned and I’ll follow up with plans for “opening day.”
I’ll be at this weekend’s Yachats Arts & Crafts Fair with a variety of paintings, prints and cards. Stop and say hello if you are on the coast for Spring Break. Yes, there’s some snow, but since that’s remarkable, let’s enjoy it!
When I opened my Newport News-Times newspaper today, there was my Egret painting — looking lovely. I’m thrilled at getting such coverage, along with a few quotes, too. And, the woman who purchased the painting just a few days ago through my website should be very pleased with her choice now. Egret is waiting for its new home in Hillsboro next week.
Time to stuff things in the van tonight, and try to sleep. I even bought a sleep mask to help with that effort. Then try to get up early and head south.