Painting #30 August Haze, Salmon Creek 7" x 5" Oil on Canvas Board SOLD
The Salmon Creek Trail is about two miles from my house, and it's one
of my favorite places to paint. On a clear day, you can see Mt Hood,
just to the right of the big tree, between the tree line in the distance
and the horizon. (It's an hour and a half east) On hot, hazy August
days like the day this was painted, not so much. But, hot August days
also mean that when painting there, I'm surrounded by literally hundreds
of thousands of blackberry bushes. And this time I brought the green
Tupperware bowl along with my other paint supplies. Paint for an hour,
pick for 25 minutes. Paint for half an hour, pick for half an hour.
Paint for an hour, pick for 45 minutes. At the end of the painting
session, my fingers are stained purple, but not from paint. My forearms
and lower legs are criss-crossed with scratches, but I won't really feel
them until the shower that night. When I get home, I have 4.5 pounds of
blackberries and this painting. Life is good.
forgotten about my first crush until I found Angela's bucket of Little
People in a storage box of stuff from her childhood. I looked down, and
there she was. The blond ponytail, the body that was the perfect shade
of blue, the laughing eyes, the enigmatic smile, everything I
remembered from kindergarten....and then there was HIM, with the green
body and the squiggly hair and pointed nose. And then there was the
dog. And the girl with the pigtails. And the creepy kid with the
freckles and the sideways cap. And more. And more. Funny how you forget
about things until you see them again, and then it all comes flooding
back. Well, it turns out we've got a ton of Little People, and they're
sure to make additional appearances in this painting series. If there
are any in particular that you'd like to see in a painting, drop me a
line. We might be able to work something out.
Painting #28 - Carrots 5" x 7" Oil on Canvas Board Sold
No anecdote to speak of, just that you should eat more of them and a
reminder that this beautiful produce comes from Kruger's Farm. Again, if
you're in the Vancouver/Portland area, go. It's on Sauvie Island, and a
wonderful, magical time will be had by all.
Painting #27 Bumper Cars, Seaside, Oregon 7" x 5" Oil on Canvas Board 8.6.12
The pilgrimage to the Bumpercars/Tilt-a-Whirl/10
Tiny Tees (miniature golf) place in Seaside, Oregon is an annual
tradition that we all look forward to during Angela's (and my) family
reunion. Not all traditions stay the same, however, and change is
inevitable. The woman who ran the Tilt-a-Whirl when Angela was young now
runs the bumper cars.
Painting #26 Seaside Flowers 5" x 7" Oil on Canvas Board Sold 8.2.12
Walking along the prom in Seaside, Oregon last weekend, we passed a
house with bouquets of local flowers for sale. Sweet Peas have always
been Angela's favorite, and for $2.50, she couldn't resist. For an extra
50 cents, they threw in the Mason jar vase.