Spent the morning cleaning up the studio a bit; then off to wine country near Newburg, Oregon and a trek over to the coastal mountain range.
We resisted the urge to go wine tasting and instead went exploring through remote country roads. Now I know what they mean when they talk about going "off the grid." I'm thinking that might not be for me.
It's that time of the year again here in Portland when you're able to visit the studios of artists whose work you really admire. Tim and I have only been able to enjoy the last day of the four day studio tours, but we saved the best of the best for today.
If I had to name a favorite artist, it would be Oregon artist Randall David Tipton. I know I have stalked Randall's blog for at least four years because it was four years ago, on a family vacation, when I walked into the White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach and stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of one of his paintings. And this was a few months after I had discovered him on dailypainters.
Size 40X60 - Oil One of Randall's amazing paintings!
For me, meeting Randall was more exciting than meeting Brad Pitt (although, in fairness, I have yet to meet Brad Pitt). I imagined Randall to be warm and friendly and he did not disappoint. Needless to say, his artwork left me speechless.
From there, we went to the studio of Beth Yazhari. She is a wildly talented, very creative fiber artist who makes pieces with the intention of honoring the handiwork of past generations of ordinary women. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of her studio, but I invite you to look at her beautiful work on her website (click on her name).
Sara is a ceramic artist whose work is just so unique. Recently, she was interviewed on a local TV show, Oregon Art Beat. If you have about seven minutes, be sure to watch the link to this wonderful video featuring Sara and her art.
I took a few photos in her studio, but none do her artwork justice. Theresa's artwork absolutely glows! And so does Theresa when she talks about being an artist. Her passion about art is so contagious I actually got out my sketchbook this evening! Check out her work by clicking on her name above.
So, there you have it - four great hours with four great artists. It doesn't get much better than that!
A great way to spend a lazy day in northeast Oregon is a road trip through the Columbia River Gorge, over to Hood River and then out towards Mt. Hood. This is where you can experience the "Fruit Loop;" a scenic drive through orchards, organic farms, wineries, restaurants and country shops.
It's been a while, but I spent the morning in Multnomah Village getting reacquainted with art friends at a weekly art discussion group called Alla Prima Portland.
What I like about the group is that we sit around and informally chit-chat prior to the meeting. Once the meeting starts, though, the ONLY thing we are allowed to talk about is the suggested art topic of the day. Then each member produces a few recent pieces of artwork to show other members - not for critique but to share.
Celeste Bergin, our group's leader, runs a tight ship. With humor and style, she keeps the discussion focused and smooth. And then, in addition to maintaining her own blog, Celeste runs the Alla Prima Portland blog. Without Celeste, this group would not exist.
Alla Prima Portland is comprised of artists of all skill levels - from beginners to world class artists, such as Thomas Kitts, who hold international workshops and who are featured in various plein air magazines.
It's an incredibly friendly, encouraging atmosphere. I wonder why I waited so long to go back.
If you have a few minutes, kick back and check out the Alla Prima blog. It's full of great art tips / info and lots of interesting artwork.