This was my first August painting, and was a part of the 2009 NW Plein Air Show at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, OR, in September. A friend first challenged to paint these cliffs as a quick study, and I have since painted them several times, which you will see in upcoming posts. I haven't tired of them and I hope you won't, either.
This island is difficult to catch in the right light-- I had to go later in the morning than usual to get some contrasting shadows. I only painted the east end of the island. I have no idea why it is called "Chicken Charlie's." One of the mysteries, along with Plog Hill and Button Bridge, that I have yet to plumb.
A June painting. We always seem to be driving east at this time of day, and I'm always looking in my rear-view mirror (or turning my head, which is not terribly safe...) to see the beautiful view behind me. I finally made it happen to get out at sunset and paint looking west. The title comes from the "amen" feeling this view gives me.
I paint because it brings me a sense of satisfaction and ease. Whether it's landscapes or still lifes, I am reminded of the depth and complexity of the world I otherwise often take for granted. My goal is to share that sense of wonder and awe through my paintings.
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