Saturday, August 23, 2014

What an INCREDIBLE paint-out day this was!

Wow. It was a fantastic day--only a bit too warm for about an hour, and then it cooled down and the sun went down very slowly, very calmly, and very beautifully. It was a double treat for me, and "treat" is really an understatement. First, because it's such a beautiful place to paint, and second because there was an array of artistic talent and skill there that I've certainly never seen before. If you EVER have a chance to go to one of these paintouts (anywhere) where there are so many artists with 20+ years of experience, I can't even imagine that you wouldn't love it. Take those two things, throw on some good wine, beautiful food, and a most excellent jazz trio—with a lady saxophone player and one guy each on guitar and standup bass—and, well, words fail me. Burl and Cindy Mostel pulled out all the stops.

I didn't talk to every artist, there were at least half a dozen I didn't get to, but I did get to these, and I really want to share them with you. In no particular order, they are:

Carrie Moore - artist and designer, in several different media, including leather purses. Close enough to call a neighbor.

Jerry Dickason - Went from oils to watercolor back to oils. I really loved his watercolors that he had there.

Susan Spears - A funny watercolor artist who also teaches, from Lake Oswego. And she does Tai Chi.

Anton Pavlenko - Has an unerring eye for color, paints bold and big, and paints in the gorge in the winter. Brrrrr!

Yer Za Vue - Awesome skill with a brush, just awesome.

Randall David Tipton - One of the best art blogs I've read to date, a great painter with a bazillion paintings of places south of Portland in all seasons.

Jude Welter - Also teaches, has some exciting new work on yupo, really is a neighbor, and just keeps getting better and better and better.

Ruth Armitage - Another neighbor, and yet another local teacher—we have it so good here—holds workshops regularly, paints big and small in several mediums, and does some of the loveliest small oils I've ever seen.

Bruce Ulrich - He does abstracts! I love his abstracts! Hooray for abstract painters! Yaaayyyy!

My meager descriptions don't do justice to any of them. They're all amazing, and really nice. It was a total blast talking to them all.

Gosh, I hope I get to do this again sometime.

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