Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
We stopped for coffee at Metropol Bakery this morning and admired the pastry in the display case. Painting a rhubarb tart might be the next best thing to eating one.
I was in Bend from Monday through Wednesday. What a beautiful place. It was too bad that my time was spent in an office. The weather was perfect and the sky was clear blue - you could almost reach out and touch the snowy Sisters. It would be a great place to try some plein air.
Today I worked on a painting of iris. I actually spent several hours on it. It was so frustrating! I finally wiped the canvas and did this painting instead. I'll try another iris soon...after I get over my exasperation!
Today was one of those joyful Oregon days - warm and sunny. This painting was done en plein air at Schreiner's Iris Gardens. Schreiner's is just a bit north of Salem. There are acres and acres of iris with a garden for visitors. "Riot of color" is a good description of the place - it is absolutely breathtaking. This painting of one of the garden paths is a bit more colorful than the online photo shows.
This is the 100th painting since I began this blog on January 1 of this year. The blog has been a good way to keep a record of my progress and has been the prod that I sometimes need to continue practicing.