Painting en plein air overlooking the Willamette River in Independence, Oregon
August was lovely, mostly hot and sunny, but it went by much too fast. September in Oregon can be very beautiful, but just the word “September” brings on notes of Fall — shorter days, more clouds, cooler temperatures, and the never ending pattern of rainy days that await us. A little tear forms in my eye when I think of summer ending. I like to make summer last as long as possible — BBQ’s, watering the garden, sun bathing, and just feeling the warmth of the sun on my shoulders while I’m taking a walk or working in my garden. I know the end of the warm season is inevitable, but it always seems to come too soon, no matter what. But I guess it’s true – there’s a time for every season.
My plein air paintings for the Paint the Town show are still in need of some finishing touches. The show is in October, but the art is due September 27. I’m happy with the paintings I’ve done this year. They are all acrylic on board, which is a different medium for me. I usually work in watercolor on paper when painting en plein air. I’m starting to appreciate acrylic paints and feel more comfortable using them. I have about four paintings started. One is close to finished, the other three are in varying stages of completion. As I work on them, I’ll decide on which three to frame and submit.
John and I are going on a vacation for a week — first to Idaho, to visit my daughter, two grandsons, and son-in-law, and then we’re traveling on to Yellowstone National Park for a couple of days. So, I’ll need to fit the time in around that trip to finish up my paintings and get them ready for the show.
I’m planning to take my camera and my watercolor-travel-journal along. I hope we will have some time to relax and take in the surroundings on this trip so I can paint for an hour or two at different locations. I’ve never been to Yellowstone, so I’m looking forward to the experience.
If you are going to be in Salem during the month of October, be sure to stop by the Elsinore Gallery to see the Paint the Town exhibit, from October 2-24, 2013. The Reception and Awards ceremony will be held at the Elsinore Gallery – First Wednesday, October 2, 2013. For more information about the show and directions to the Gallery go to http://aiaptt.org/ and http://www.elsinoregallery.com/index.html.
An added thought: I am amazed by Nature and God’s miraculous creations in the world and universe. When I see a flower blooming, pick a ripe tomato from my garden, see a bird in flight, a shooting star in the night sky, and so on, I am filled with wonder and awe. The same goes when I see a work of art, no matter what shape or form it takes, no matter how romantic or bizarre, objective or non-objective, useful or decorative, whether it’s done by a renowned professional artist or small child. The reason for this is because all artwork was conceived and produced from a seed of inspiration planted in a human mind. And what is closer to God than a human being? We are all His creation and everything we produce is just as miraculous as a tall tree that grew from an acorn.
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