Saturday, August 11, 2012

excellent experiment

pick up at Portland International Airport

Marj Lightle and Dori Dewberry
I invited two California artists, Dori Dewberry and Marj Lightle to come up to the Pacific Northwest to have a painting retreat with me. We had a wonderful week together and now they are heading home.

On our first morning, we started by loading up the car with all of our plein air gear and heading out to the Columbia River Gorge. Our first stop was Wahkeenah Falls, where we all enjoyed the challenge of painting moving water.

van Schoonhoven, Dewberry, Lightle
Here are the results from our first day painting.

Portland Art Museum
We had some studio painting time and then took a day to go into Portland. The Farmer's Market in the Park Blocks provided lots of opportunities for reference photos and preliminary sketches. Artist friend, Roxanne Clingman joined us at the Portland Art Museum for the great Ellsworth Kelly exhibit and also the California Impressionists show. 

plein air at Crown Point in Columbia River Gorge
Another trip out to the Gorge for plein air painting at the Vista House. The clouds really neutralized the colors and we all enjoyed exploring the shapes of the land and water masses. 

Friday in the studio
With such a great week of visually stimulating plein air adventures, we took Friday as a studio day and painted more from our sketches and photos. It was great to talk about our time together and how it exceeded our expectations. 

In the photos below you can see the final painting results from our days together. It's harder to quantify the joy of a week of painting, art conversation, and inspiration. Three willing and passionate artists took a chance and set aside a week to inspire one another. It was an excellent experiment. I call it a SUCCESS!

Marj Lightle

Dori Dewberry
Katherine van Schoonhoven


SamArtDog said...

Lots of experimentation and color. Looks like fun!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Wow, it looks like you have a wonderful time. I'm sure your friends will remember this outing for a long time.

Enjoyed seeing all your photos of the fun.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Sam!

It was great to dedicate a week to art talk and art do. Maybe we'll figure out a way to make it happen with you and me in Washington or Colorado!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Nancy! Thanks! We had a memorable time. I still think about it every day. Hope things are going well for you. Are you still at home or back on the water?

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Well, Katherine I have been away from blogging and just got a chance to look over you're posting of our wonderful week together, It was divine! Life has been busy and full of lots of other things since then and I love thinking about our time discussing and creating art. Such a gift to savor and enjoy. The experience of seeing new things alone was a treat. I have talked and talked about my time in Washington and Oregon. I hope to get my work posted from our wonderful week. thanks again for everything.
Are you back on land?

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Dori! I still think back on our art adventure with lots of joy and excitement, too. Even the breaking down on the freeway makes for a great story, don't you think?

We're still on the water. Beautiful here!