The Oregon Paleolands Institute exhibit, scheduled for late August, is coming along. Which is good, since I won’t be painting OPLI formations for the next few weeks. So here’s a bit of a preview:
This is a recently finished 12 x 16, oil on board, piece: Storm over Sheep Rock. Jer and I watched this storm approach as we drove south on Oregon Rt 19 toward the Interpretive Center of the John Day Fossil Beds.
Another 12 x 16, oil on board, of the Basalt at Picture Gorge. Picture Gorge is where Oregon Route 26 (the same road that travels Powell Boulevard and the south side of Mt. Hood) drops down into the John Day River valley. It’s a long steep decline which goes through towering basalt cliffs. The basalt generally is hexagonal in form, and also shows fan-shaped outcrops in this iron-red color.
I showed this painting, The Ranger Station at Clarno (oil on board, 18 x 24″) earlier, but at that time I couldn’t decide what to do abut the electric wires that go off the image to the left. The painting was mostly completed on-site, but I left the question of those wires until later. Finally, in the interests of scratching the itch of feeling maybe the image needed them, I painted them in. Since Janet asked what my decision was, I thought I’d show the final draft. This painting is actually framed, which is a sign that I’m finished with it. –June