The Tales of a Tag-Along Part 1 Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2010
One evening in August I received a Facebook invitation from an artist friend. It was to a Plein Air Event 1500 miles away that started in approximately 10 days. At first the short notice led me to think “how cruel is this!?” … lol well I guess I was thinking out loud as my husband replied with. “What?!”
To make a long story short I have the most amazing husband ever, not only did he say “Why not!?” but he watched our kids while I embarked on this amazing artistic adventure. Thank you babe!
About the event…
PacificÂ Northwest Plein Air, is an invitational juried paint out where 40 artists will spend 5 days painting tirelessly the incredible vistas in and near Hood River, Oregon. At the end of which each artist picks 6 of their best pieces to submit to into the Show. Finding out about this incredible event 10 days prior means I had majorly missed any selection deadline to where I might be able to officially participate… Oh well! I will be an official Tag-Along.
After 10 days of feverishly obtaining plane tickets, accommodations, rental car, child care, etc, etc, I found myself at an Alaska Airlines gate ofÂ Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport waiting to embark on my adventure! My mind whirled. What would I see? Would my trip be successful?
First morning of the paint out I arrived at our first location, The Gorge White House in Hood River, Oregon. It is situated in a gorgeous u-pick orchard and flower field. My creative juices were in overdrive! Here is some of the scenery…
So as you can see there was an immense about of inspiration. We’re here to paint right!? Yeah, I know just a little overwhelmed.
It took me a good hour to march the property, taking in all the vistas, which were far too numerous to post here. Finally I settled on this one…
Also please take a moment to properly admire my newest purchase. Here is my brand-spanking-new Guerrilla Pochade Box. Ooooo Aaahhh…Thank you .
Anyway, and moving right along, this is my friend who invited me, Jeanne Young. Here she is on her second painting of the day. She informed me later that the location she chose to paint from was greatly influenced by the heavenly aroma that these flowers were emitting. I like it!
Here is my second painting of the day. These cone flowers were dancing in the afternoon light, just gorgeous!
As the sun edged closer to the horizon we decided to indulge in one last painting. This time it was a one hour quick paint. What fun!
I couldn’t resist those Dahlias! I know, shocker right?
Wow, what a fantastic day! I am in awe and disbelief that I am here. …Such a blessing.
What will we do tomorrow?