Here are some juicy strokes for your enjoyment:
The first day of the event I painted a cottonwood at the end of this farm known as the Columbia Gorge White House. This is always the orientation spot for the Pacific Northwest Plein Air event. It does bear resemblance to the Valley Of The Moon area southeast of Santa Rosa, so it was a good place to warm up with something familiar. I feel like a lot of Oregon shares a big resemblance to Northern California. Oregon lacks the redwood trees and eucalyptus, though.
Michael Orwick and Za Vue. There were about 8 artists up there at Panorama Point at the crack of dawn. Pretty impressive considering the time we had to wake up.
Eric Jacobsen. Man he is good. His website doesn't do any justice to the impact the brushwork and texture of his paintings in real life. We found a small creek that didnt look like much at first but after some exploration, I found a really sweet little scene that the 4 of us ended up painting at.
I went back to Sauvie Island to do some color studies that will be useful for me later on once I start working on the new series.
I went back through Central Oregon this time to see some new views. I knew the area around Bend was full of rugged beauty so I made sure to stop there for a day and check it out. The Three Sisters Wilderness has an interesting mountain range surrounded by beautiful meadows and high-desert shrubbery. I went up a really rugged road I shouldn't have, and did a quick painting of Broken Top Mountain.