My Plein Air class set up in Tangent, Oregon at a lovely old farmstead, where our hostess had made big jars of iced tea for us. Christine (another student) and I claimed the shade in the orchard, where she painted a gorgeous portrayal of a duet of pears (if you look closely above the hammock you can see a few), and I chose the bright red hammock for my subject. I had a new toy to try, a Sharpie white water-based paint marker. It worked like a charm for drawing the white ropes, and for toning down the “nouveau style” heavy lines after I got carried away. The center of interest is perhaps a bit too close to “front and center”, but I was pleased with the bright colors of the hammock. I never did reach the relaxation level implied in the painting… nothing like the constant roar of traffic on the highway to drown out birdsong on the summer breeze. But I’m not complaining – it was such a treat to be able to paint outdoors for three hours, and then enjoy the resulting art show as the class displayed their work for critique.
One other sketch accomplished this week, this one during a business meeting held at the Oregon Aquarium. The meeting room is about the best I’ve ever been in, with a view of the marsh surrounding the bay in Newport on one side, and a floor to ceiling window into the shark tank on the other end – AND coffee and delicious maple bars! Clearly I need to put the Aquarium on my sketch destination list.