Challenges of various sorts

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Azalea Mosaic 5: Slippery Slope;   Sheila’s Daylilies;   Sheila’s Hydrangeas;   Sunbreaks at the Bishop’s Close; Bishop’s Close Meditations

Sheila has finished and posted her response-to-June’s piece on her blog:  here are her comments on the works on the Bishop’s Close — painted and quilted art; and here is her commentary and photos of the Azalea/hydrangea/day lilies group. Sheila is threatening me with another piece to match one of my extra paintings, but assuredly, it’s unnecessary. Those hydrangeas of mine are just too blue and could be considered a warm-up for the day lilies, which at least match her colors.

My paintings for Sheila’s challenge were mostly reactions to color. In addition, I’ve been plein air painting all summer and have hydrangeas and day lilies blooming in the yard, so painting them from life just felt right. The addition of the decorative strips on the hydrangeas was an act of design.  After I did the original painting, I felt as if they needed reined in. Later, I imagined I was playing around with quilting tradition, but in truth, I was just keeping them from falling off the edges.

The other challenge I faced this month was painting at Diamond, in southeast Oregon. I’ve already posted some photos from our travels  there. My agenda for the three days in Diamond was clear. It was to paint five 12 x 16″ masonite panels, each  a separate painting, but each linked to the next to form a panorama of the high desert.  Moreover, I wanted the panorama to go from AM to PM.

So here’s a bit of AM scenery to think on:


Sunrise on the Diamond Grade — approximately 6:30 AM.

And here’s a PM photo to tantalize you with:

SunsetonDiamondGradeFixedLate sun on the Diamond Grade — approximately 5 PM

The five panels I envisioned turned to seven, because, as Jef, our leader pointed out, you can’t crowd the desert like you crowd the city. And they got turned “sideways” — that is, the panels became 16 inches in length and 12 inches high, for a panorama of 12″ x 112″, or 1 foot x 10 feet.

In my next turn at this blog, I’ll start doling out the panoramic results for public viewing. They were basically finished over the 3 days of the workshop, but are not yet properly perused and photographed for public viewing.  –June

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