Our Sunday paint out location was on the Washington side of the Columbia River at Gorge Crest Vineyard.
This beautiful spot boasted amazing views of Mt. Hood and the valley. The winery was closed to the public that day, and invited artists enjoyed time to paint, tread barefoot on the expansive green lawns, have a picnic, or nap in hammocks under the trees.I painted this morning scene, above, near my van with the back hatch raised above me to shade me a little while I worked in the hot sun. The smoke from fires on Mt. Hood was getting more noticeable and I debated whether to put that in the painting. The scene seemed so peaceful without it, but I finally decided to record the conditions.
Original framed oil, 4"x12"
©2011 Diana Moses Botkin
Later in the day I managed this long format study of Mt. Hood and the gorge from a different spot at the winery. All the other painters had left and I had the place to myself, except for the kind owners nearby and a few coyotes I could hear singing not far away. I enjoyed painting on the vineyard's porch in the lovely evening light and the previously mentioned kind gifts from a loving Creator.