The good weather continued Thursday and Friday. I think all Portlanders should be grateful to me for bringing about this excellent set of days, the kinds of days made for painting outside. I did not want to gather my wits and my gear and trundle down to Grand Avenue to paint plein air. But the weather forbade me not to do so. So I have.
The paintings aren’t available for public viewing yet, but here’s what I was looking at and playing with:
Grand Avenue, the Logus Block, from the Slow Bar, past My Father’s Place to the Shleifer Furniture Store.
If you look at the fellow in the lower left hand corner of the above photo, you can see where I sat on Wednesday to paint the Northwest Bank Building (12 x 16″) directly across the street. Thursday, I wanted to do a longer board (12 x 24″) and to capture a full block, so I went diagonally across the street (next to the drive-up US Bank garage), and painted the block from there.
Painting a first draft of this took me five hours and got me a Three Musketeer’s Bar from a neighborly fellow who wanted to chat. It was a delight, but I was happy to see in the paper that it was going to rain on Friday. I would have the day off.
Friday morning dawned, bright and sunny. I was forced to return to the plein air spot. Hey, this is getting to be like real work.
So Friday, I went south (to the left) on the block of the scene above and painted what I call the “Atlasta Lock” Building. I’m sure it has some more formal name in the Architectural Heritage Center info, but right now, Atlasta Lock is the business that operates in this crazy conglomerate of brick stuff. I loved it and I didn’t take five hours to block it in, either.
There’s one more fancy block that will take a long board and then I have hard choices to make. There are a number of less-than-fancy buildings (the US Bank building, for example) that I can use, begrudgingly. But I may have to range further afield a bit — there’s that funny grocery story on MLK — Sheridan’s Fruit Company, whose building I’ve never actually looked at because the ads always made me too hungry. It’s right across the street from Office Depot, which looks like, well, an Office Depot. And the Weatherly Building, southeast Portland’s only sky scraper, will of course have to get its own board.
So I’m making plans, but glory be, it’s clouding up and looks like rain. Maybe I won’t have to go out again for a bit. –June