My artist friend Karen E. Lewis had an errand to run in Eugene today. Eugene is a 2 hour drive and Karen asked me if I'd like to throw in with her for the trip and paint on the way back. It was a rainy morning..but I figured what the heck! When we got to Eugene we went to a Thai restaurant for lunch, a bookstore, and two galleries. I liked work we saw by a Eugene artist, Jerry Ross. Karen and I admired the 60's style pine frames that he uses, especially pale and spartan...the frames seemed perfect with his colorful beach scenes. We went to a park in Springfield to paint. Even though it rained a bit, it was a great location. I painted what could be described as cloud dominant paintings. When we left Karen's van made a distinctly clunk-y noise. It became apparent that we were going no where fast and it could not accelerate. (Karen's van had a heart, however... it could have left us in the center of the busy intersection..instead it found just enough strength to limp into a Walgreen's parking lot). Karen called AAA and then she rented a Kia. We stopped for Mexican food on the way back. It was a good day--despite the car trouble.
(Photo at top) Painting: Celeste Bergin, Karen wears Black, Oil on canvas panel, 6x8 inches. ©2010.