The Plank Paintings: Playa, September 2013 — January 2014

The “Plank Paintings”, more formally known as Summer Lake from Winter Ridge, has long been finished. I wrote about it earlier, under the rubric of The Project from Hell. I finished the last coats a bit more than a year ago, and I recorded much of the process along the way. Then life intervened andContinue reading “The Plank Paintings: Playa, September 2013 — January 2014”

The Project from Hell

The project from hell is the one that has at least 27 more steps to it than initially envisioned, and each step consists of 1 step forward followed fairly quickly by 1.9999 (or sometimes 4.999999) back. So, take 20 miles of a dry lake bed, Summer Lake, seen in September from a relatively inaccessible spotContinue reading “The Project from Hell”

Playa, September 20 & 21, 2013

Saturday, September 20, 2013 I’m feeling that winding down sensation. The last weekend, then Monday, and then Jer arrives on Tuesday, we pack, and head out early on Wednesday, back to the land of trees and low hovering clouds. At Summer Lake it rained, stormed, stopped, and rained again. I snuck in a trip upContinue reading “Playa, September 20 & 21, 2013”

Playa: September 19 & 20, 2013

Thursday Sept 19 As I walked back from the Commons last night, I saw the moon rising in the east over the playa. It was not a huge moon like one sometimes sees but it illuminated the entire lake bed. More stunningly, it was golden, so bright that I didn’t need a flashlight. I wasContinue reading “Playa: September 19 & 20, 2013”

Playa: September 15 & 16, 2013

Sunday morning, Sept. 15 I am outside on the Commons deck, where the lawn and ponds and playa are quite beautiful and the laptop is almost readable in the sun. It’s only 11 AM but I’ve already worked on a large painting on-site up by cabin 1. Cabin 1 from the front. The back looksContinue reading “Playa: September 15 & 16, 2013”

Playa September 14, 2013

(This residency recollection was interrupted by a 50th wedding anniversary orgy of photographs, which I shall post on Flicker as soon as I get a bit caught up here. My apologies to my faithful fans who have been waiting for the next installment.) Saturday, September 14: Yesterday I climbed up the hill across the road.Continue reading “Playa September 14, 2013”

Playa: September 13, 2013

Friday, Sept 13, 2 013 The big excitement of the day, aside from the fact that I got two more paintings started and the one from yesterday was almost dry today, is that I saw, and then tasted, my first dust storm. Apparently dust storms on the playa are a common occurrence during the dryContinue reading “Playa: September 13, 2013”

Playa: September 11th & 12th

Wednesday,  Sept 11, 2013 (This post also can be found on my southeastmain blog, with a few photos changed). We left Portland about 8 and, taking our favorite Route 26 around the southern edge of Mt Hood, dropped further south on Rt. 97 through Bend.  At La Pine in southeast Oregon we finally left theContinue reading “Playa: September 11th & 12th”

Playa Residency, September 11 through September 25, 2013

[Note: The dated entries to the residency journal were done on-site at Playa, but because of restrictions on the bandwidth at the site, none were uploaded until I returned home at the end of September. I will be posting those over the next month, starting with the one done on the first day.] In thisContinue reading “Playa Residency, September 11 through September 25, 2013”

Dateline: Mitchell, Oregon, Sept. 15, Day 10

I am aweary this evening. But I tromped again today to the back of the outback and did another medium sized painting (18 x 24).  I also worked some more on yesterday’s painting from that same spot. So here is the photo of the space I concentrated on today: And here’s the 18 x 24″Continue reading “Dateline: Mitchell, Oregon, Sept. 15, Day 10”