I met up with the Hood River Painters at Rowena Crest today at 9 am. It was cold and blowing a gale, so we moved to the Mayer State Park. What a beautiful day! There were batches of lupine all around. I will definitely go back to this spot. Maybe I can convince The Portland Plein Air Painters to take this little trip with me during the upcoming summer. The drive was worth it. Preeminent Gorge Watercolorist Bonnie White organizes the Hood River Painters and I got to meet Donna Van Tuyl (whose pastel art I have admired at the Columbia Art Gallery). Donna and I talked about surfaces and later in the day she emailed me a link about Wallis Belgium Mist.