Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gate at the Villa

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It's been winery weekend for me. I was at the lovely Bethany Vineyard in Ridgefield, Washington on Friday afternoon for a Head Start fundraiser. Saturday it was off to Villa Catalana Cellars, near Oregon City to do some plein air painting at their "Art in the Garden" party. There were probably at least 15 or 20 artists there.

I wandered around the spectacular setting for a short time before settling on this wonderful gate as a fitting subject. I caught some ribbing from some of my artist friends (namely Randall David Tipton and Ruth Armitage), for setting up in the full sunlight.. They had wisely found some shady locations in which to paint.
I reminded them that everyone knows artists are supposed to suffer for their art.


Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Don,
You're a busy painter! Must be lots easier to attend multiple events now that you're living so much closer to civilization! :) Just kidding.
Nice choice of subject matter here. I might have chosen it myself, but like I just wrote to Randall Tipton, it's more likely I would've set-up, sat down and thoroughly enjoyed the food, wine, scenery and probably a nap.
I'm amazed at how you plein air painters are able to concentrate and actually produce paintings under such beautifully distracting conditions.
Congratulations on another wonderful painting.

Don Gray said...

Hey Gary, good to hear from you. Yes, you missed a fun event that would have been still more fun with you there--even if you were napping. :) Looks like you guys are thriving in Hawaii though, which is great. Thanks for the note.