Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hanging with Elio at the Lavender Fields


When Elio Camacho comes to Oregon he always extends an "open invitation" to paint with him during non-workshop times. An extra bonus! Today I joined Elio (and Susan, Bev, Jan & Karen) at Willakenzie Lavender Farm near Yamhill. I painted for awhile next to a distilling contraption that was extracting oil from lavender. In between paintings we paid the Lavender shop a visit where I tried on an Alpaca fur hat and I bought some lavender soap. Elio's Gorge workshop starts on Monday. I'll be ready!

12 comments:

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Beautiful paintings on a beautiful day! So nice to see Elio up and painting again. Super!!

-Don said...

What a gorgeous place to go paint! Thanks for the photos. I had to smile at that large brush in your hand considering the size of the support. Too cool...

I must add that you did your visit much justice with your little masterpiece.

Happy Independence Day!

-Don

AutumnLeaves said...

Gosh Celeste! You must have just adored having that lovely scent near you as you painted! I know I would have! Anyway, so glad you are going to attend the workshop; wish I could do something like that myself. Maybe one of these days! Anyway, also wanted to thank you for your most fabulous comment on my blog. I also adore you and wish I lived closer. Sigh...In fact, I loved the Portland area on my couple of trips to that city when I lived in WA. I could so be a year-round resident at Cannon Beach too. Then again, I also loved the Grants Pass area...I just really want to be back up in the part of the country. Ah well, maybe someday. Maine also calls...(not that I've ever been...) LOLOL

Susan Roux said...

Such an amazing place and a wonderful opportunity! Have fun at the workshop.

Thanks for your comment. It really meant a lot coming from you. Much appreciated...

PAMO said...

What a wonderful day!!! Loved seeing all the photos. Have fun at the workshop.

billspaintingmn said...

Very cool Celeste!

Mary Jane said...

I enjoyed the slideshow. What a beautiful environment. Loved seeing the pics.

Keep on painting! Enjoy the workshop!

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Is that brush big enough Celeste?
I hope it's at least a No.12!...
don't want any details to get in the way :o)
Brilliant!...you look so intense and purposeful wi' a brush in your hand - singing and harmonizing at the same time.
A great pleasure to see a fellow artist painting direct from the subject!

SUSAN RODEN said...

Love your small landscape Celeste - great clouds.
Elio shows at the same gallery (Tirage) as I in Pasadena. Admired his art for quite awhile - great opportunity!

Dan Kent said...

I was whisked away by my family yesterday, just as I was going to comment - I think your landscape is just beautiful. As for the size of the brush, don't worry about their teasing - remember, it is not size that matters, it's how you use it. :)

Sherrie Russ Levine said...

if and when i come to town i want to paint in these lavendar fields with You! nice job!!!

Celeste Bergin said...

Sherrie...that is a deal--the lavender has a "season"--when it is over I think it all looks sage color like.
still pretty.
Dan--hahaha yeah, they like to tease me but the plein air painter uses the big brush/small support on purpose. It is how and why paintings don't look overworked. It would be very rare to see an outdoor painter with a teensey brush.
Susan--Elio is da bomb!
Sherry--you should come visit! I bet it would be hard to get you to go back to Illinois --lol
Don, see above re: small and big brushes--I love your new video
Kvan! Wish you were here!
Bill--sending the frame NEXT WEEK! sigh!
PAMO you would love to photograph the fields..a photographer's mecca
Mary Jane--thanks so much!