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Learning To Draw Water....

 

an ongoing journey 

 

 

In the autumn of 1965 I packed all of our worldly possessions into my little red Volkswagen. My beautiful baby boy, Aaron, and I left Portland, Oregon and headed south to Berkeley, California where we would make our new and lasting home.

Young youth is so very brave. 

Half a century later, after years of being mom, art student, illustrator, painter, photographer, traveler, grandmother, teacher, student again -- falling in and out of love more than once; working as a traveling sales lady for an art school while earning a BA & MFA in Painting, to become a life-long practitioner of oil and watercolor painting ... After all that time, energy and love I put forth for family and Bay Area friends, I sold my studio home and moved back to Oregon, to the small town of Sisters, a place I'd visited many times but didn't really know. 

Happily, I found a house I could afford that would work as a studio and began exploring. So here I am…still curious, still working and studying - drawing and painting, clouds, light, trees, grasses and water. I try my best every day to make beautiful paintings of our ragged, rugged landscape and share the wonder that surrounds me.

 

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The name for this site grew from my first year in Sisters when I spent some months learning to draw trees..following the advice of Sister Mary Corita in her classic , Learning By Heart ..... I set out to do 100 tree drawings...(little ones, but still) Every morning I sat at my breakfast table making little sketches of ponderosa pine trees, the branches, cones, and structure of the pines and others in my view until I had filled many pages. One afternoon I biked out to the nearby forest with my sketch pad & pen. I found an almost comfy spot on the ground and looked and looked at  pine needles, to my delight, I made drawing that was at last a fair description of the huge forest. I had found a clear path on my sketchbook journey.

Throughout the following year made more than 100 similar little pieces (5 x 7's) of different subjects, the forest, the mountains known as Three Sisters, the Metolious River, Wychus Creek and other parts of this extraordinary landscape where I have lived these past 5 years.

The most challenging piece of my local landscape is the fast running water of the Metolius. I’ve studied woodcuts by Hokusi and Hirosige, paintings by Turner & Winslow Homer, looked & looked at other masters, and of course the river itself. 

Not quite there yet.. But I’m happy with the struggle. I could well be at it 20 years from now...joyfully Learning to Draw Water.