Deschutes River Conservancy’s annual RiverFeast event was held July 30 at the beautiful House on the Metolius property. It was a gorgeous summer evening with excellent food, music and comraderie—and a knock-out view of the Metolius River with Mt. Jefferson giant in the background.
I am privileged to have been invited to paint the setting for this event for the past four years. The process starts in the early spring, long before the rich growth and color of full-on summer. So, I use lots of artistic license, photographing the area when spring has barely arrived to nail down the composition and adding the fullness of summer.
This image of the Metolius meadow was well received and I offer a giclee print, sized proportionately to the art to fit your space, printed on paper or canvas. Contact me for an estimate!
I was struggling to decide what to paint and happened on this photo taken in late autumn at Sparks Lake. Broken Top is mirrored flawlessly in the water. The colors are vibrant. It was late afternoon and there wasn’t another soul around. It was that moment before winter when the very air feels like it’s poised on tip toe. I love to paint Broken Top with just this amount of snow….the terracota color of the rock is so different from the other mountains.
I love the juxtaposition of these contented cows in a pasture in front of the majestic rocks formations at Smith Rocks in Terreboone, Oregon. This area is before you get into the park and it’s surrounded by farmland. The mellow light of morning gives the rock a pearly look. This is a medium sized soft pastel painting. See it on the Landscape page.
After a bit of an unintentional break from painting, I’ve finally gotten a couple of new ones done. When I haven’t painted in a while I tend to do something different…this acrylic painting of a heron up in the top of a tree with dramatic lighting has been in my head for awhile. I took the photo a couple of years ago and imagined the heron with billowy, just before sunset clouds behind it. The name “Omen” came to me too. Sometimes the name starts the process.
This small pastel painting of a central oregon landscape—Mt. Jefferson shining in the last rays of the sun with sheep grazing peacefully in the high desert—captures the beautiful light at the end of day.
It’s up in the “Small Treasures” show at Tumalo Art Co. through December….come see!