Mt. Tabor, our neighborhood volcano (extinct) has launched its centennial celebration. I’ve been involved because I’m part of a plein air group, one of whose members is honchoing a big paint-out during next weekend. But we all started early, last Saturday to be exact, and I’m hoping to paint at least 3 times during this week. Next weekend, on Saturday August 1 at 10 AM, I’ll be demo-ing painting in oils, somewhere near the tennis courts and pavillion, I suspect. I will also have some paintings in the art exhibit tent at the Fest.
So to get an early start, I painted two paintings this Saturday. I have since touched these up, but the photos presented here is the paintings as they were pulled off the canvas, wet oils and all:
Mt Tabor Centennial 1, 12 x 16″, Oil on board, 2009
Mt Tabor Centennial 2, 12 x 16″, oil on board, 2009
These paintings owe a debt to Emily Carr, a stunning artist of the forests of British Columbia, as well as a wonderfully eccentric person. She is the only painter I can name who captures the awesome fearfulness and glory of the Pacific Northwest forests. I was channeling her as I painted. I’m hoping she’ll stick around for the rest of the week and particularly for the demo, when I will need all the help I can get. –June