Friday is always plein air day, and today Randall and I were the only ones to show up, so we selected this spot with a small roof over our heads overlooking the Tualatin River at Field's Bridge Park in West Linn. What a gorgeous spot! It is baffling that I had never been down to the river at this particular spot, especially given that I had lived for seven years just a half mile upstream. Granted, this park has been developed since I moved from there ten years ago, but still.... This place is a plein air painter's dream. There are so many different motifs, and plenty of light and relative privacy. Below is the painting from today, sitting on this overlook. I wished it could have been developed further, but frankly I was so pleased with just sitting there and soaking in the beauty, the color of the water, and the good conversation, that I didn't worry too much about the painting. We will be back, certainly.
And from last week, another plein air piece of a lawn and cottonwoods. I didn't think much of this one when I finished it on site, but when I got home, it grew on me a little and despite the glaring flaws that I won't go back and change, I am happy with the overall feeling of it as a painting. It is simple, but it conveys a bit of what I felt there, and it deserves to be developed in another painting, using this as reference.
And finally, another art blog to share: Terry Miura writes a wonderful and informative blog that has been a real help to me in learning things I might not otherwise consider. He paints landscape, cityscape and figurative pieces with a fresh looseness that is instructive to tight beginning painters like me. He is generous with his expertise and takes time to explain the intricacies of his process. I have long hoped that he will one day take the time to compile his past posts into a book, and I think it would be a successful one if he ever did, but I understand how time consuming that would be and it would take away from his painting time, so for now I just go back through his blog to explore ideas that are helpful to me. Below is a sample of his landscape work.