Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Plein Air Painting at Sparks Lake

Sparks Stillness—20 x 12, soft pastel
Framed—25 x 20, $750

Plein air of Penstemon & South Sister—9 x 7 image
Framed—12 x 15, $275

My friend and partner at Tumalo Art Co. in Bend, OR, Tracy Leagjeld and I went up the Cascade Lake Hwy to paint recently. It's only 30 minutes away, but another world. Because I am still recovering from a broken leg we painted from the small parking lot right by the Sparks Lake marsh/meadow where Cascades Penstemon was blooming in profusion. South Sister was peeking up behind the trees and that's where we both painted a plein air piece. We photographed the meadow up the road a bit and there was one deer grazing in the meadow. This spot is one of our favorites to paint from. Both of the paintings are done in soft pastel.

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