Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, June 22, 2012

Painter's Paradise

Front Row Seat
A couple of weeks ago i had the opportunity to visit Central Oregon with some friends and paint for the weekend. Destination..... Post, Oregon..... Yea, i had never heard of it either.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but when i arrived, i was not disappointed. The scenery there is absolutely stunning. It's one of those places where you could set up and paint just about anywhere and get a killer composition with amazing subject matter. A kind of painters paradise......
For me, the weekend was not without apprehension. I have not painted a great deal east of the Cascades, but i thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the lovely neutrals and stretching myself with new challenges.

Post Plateau
Pretty much the entire weekend was windy, with showers, and even included snow one night. And, as uncomfortable as it was weather wise, it did create some dynamic skies that were
All-in-all, it was an outstanding time, which i would love to do again. A HUGE thanks to David and Kendra for being such an awesome host and hostess. This was a treasured time that i will not soon forget.


  1. The paintings look like you were having a great time. I do like the way you handle your paint--very robustly. Great skies in Oregon.

    --Michael do you have to have word verification? I got rid of mine. Celeste did too--also Casey Klahn. It's so annoying not to be able to read those scrambled words and now those blurry photographs. Go into setting and make life easier for you followers. There are no robots working in art studios.

    1. I'm sorry about that crazy thing Linda. It must have been a default setting, but i think i removed it. Check it and let me know.
      Thanks for your kind words, glad you enjoy the work. Yes, there are some great skies here. You need to take a trip out here....

  2. You have this way of catching the wind in your paintings... Lovely!

    1. Thanks Margaret! I am glad the wind is showing up, because it was there all weekend.

  3. Agree with diffident...your paintings capture the elements! Love both these paintings...in particular the rock painting has movement and energy (that one doesn't really expect in a work centered on rocks). Great job!