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Monday, July 31, 2017

From Above

From Above
oil
6" x 6"
The more I paint from life, the harder it is to imagine painting from photographs. It is a great experience. I like being one to one with nature. That's when I really can tune into being in the present moment. It is not easy to find places like that in a touristy town in the summer time. So I found a tree, sit in its shadow and felt like one of elk that live there. I found evidence.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cascade Head Hike and Plein Air

View from the Top
oil
6"x6"
When it is sunny outside, it is illegal not to go plein air painting. At least I convinced myself to use the opportunity and go on a hike to one of my favorite places on the Coast - Cascade Head. I packed my paints, grabbed a couple of panels and went. All my painting stuff fits in a backpack, I got quite light weight over the years. Most of the time I sit on the ground and don't even carry my tripod. I had three hours left before I had to pick up my daughter from daycare - plenty of time. It was so worth it. Amazing trail with pine trees and salmon berries - yum, and amazing view at the end of it!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Seal Rock

Seal Rock
8"x8"
oil
Today I painted at a place I haven't painted before. It is just 45 minutes south of where I live and for some reason I have never came here to paint. Wonderful location! Highly recommend for all the plein air painters out there. I climbed the fence to get away from all the traffic. It is a busy place in the summer.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Neskowin, OR

Neskowin, OR
6"x6"
oil
There is a small town just north of where I live called Neskowin. I always like coming here. It is quieter than the beaches in Lincoln City in the summer. That was one of the main reasons I came here today. I like painting alone uninterrupted. I find plein air a very intimate spiritual experience where there is only nature and me trying to listen to it.

It is an interesting area with stumps sticking when the tide is out. The stumps are known as Neskowin Ghost Forest, the remnants of an ancient sitka spruce forest. They have been estimated at approximately 2000 years old.