It's been time to get out and about, with balmy days and time enough to scout locations. Yesterday Randall Tipton and I drove out to the gorge to paint near Herman Creek at a quiet little spot I discovered last year, but the Columbia River was so high that we couldn't get to the location I had in mind without wading through water covering the trail, so we found a little spot of shade and made do. Here is a shot of Randall painting in one direction while I painted in another:
A few days earlier we had been to a plein air demonstration by Leland John on the campus of Clackamas Community College. It was interesting to hear the stories of someone who has painted outdoors for much of his long life.
I'm glad to see that more and more people are discovering the pleasure of painting outdoors, but it's still a rarity to run across a painter in the wild; golfers and fishermen still outnumber us by far!
While not every painting is a success, it seems that frequently enough there is something to notice in these works, either an idea to be developed, color to be recognized, or even a glimpse of the feeling one had on site.