|"Beacon Rock" 8x8 oil on panel|
After my featured artist show closed at The Harbor Steps Gallery in Seattle, I headed out for the scheduled PAWA paint-out in the Columbia River Gorge. Since it was already about 9:00 pm the plan was to get as far as I could and then crash in the van. I made it as far as Battlground by about midnight and pulled into a rest stop for the night. Next morning , a very pleasent and beautiful drive got me to Beacon Rock State park an hour before anyone else arrived! Of course I set up to do a painting , amazed at the morning light streaming across the river through the trees.
|"Morning on the Columbia" 8x12 oil on panel|
At Bacon Rock the river sort of splits off the main current and makes a bend around the "Rock" and then re-enters the main river. Beacon Rock is the old core of an ancient volcano. The river has washed away all but the upthrusting lava core. Facing away from the Rock affords this view of the peaceful river winding back into the Gorge bluffs.
|Beacon Rock reflection|
|Susan painting the "Rock"|
|Paulette's stunning pastel of Beacon rock|
|Jane Wallis happily painting|
|Paula Ensigns painting of Beacon Rock|
At the end of the day I was able to take a shower at the state park facility. Refreshed and satisfied with the days work I headed off in search of a place to park the van for the night. The rest of the party headed for their digs at the White Salmon Inn.