Oregon became a state on Valentine’s Day, a particularly inspired piece of “branding” way back in 1859. Although it wasn’t intentionally planned to celebrate either Valentine’s Day or Oregon statehood, I had a chance to spend the whole Valentine weekend “arting” at Odell Lake Lodge, one of the prettiest places in the state in my opinion.
This is an example of what Sketchbook Skool (my online art educators) would call Art B4 Breakfast, but in reality it was before, during, and after breakfast… and I was glad I started so early, because the sunshine only lasted a couple of hours. The next morning was very gray, so it was a very different art opportunity.
I spent the entire weekend either in the dining room at the lodge, or in the big fireplace room, sketching and painting whatever struck my fancy, indoors and out. The dining room is complete with binoculars on the windowsills so you can watch the eagles and mergansers above the lake or on the creek. If you’re a skier, which I no longer am, that first day was terrific. If you’re an artist, every day is terrific, rain, snow, or shine! And my thanks to the Lodge staff for putting up with me and my paints, pencils, and pens being underfoot all weekend!