Today my painting friend Donna Van Tuyl called me to tell me that she had a serious mishap while at the Dalles Mountain Road location. She just finished taking a photo of her set up when she fell down a hill and broke her leg! I talked with someone recently who said "plein air painting has a certain ruggedness associated with it". Well, yes! This pretty much drives that home. Last year my plein air instructor Elio was injured while scouting painting locations too. (Thank goodness he recovered 100%). The very best aspect of being an outdoor painter is that we are not all safely tucked away in a cushy studio, but getting hurt while painting a picture does seem pretty incongruent, doesn't it!? My own story is that I cracked my head open during a paint out on the coast. There happened to be a nurse there who looked at it and told me to go to the hospital. I did, but not before finishing the painting. (haha). 9 staples in my head later, the painting is still one of my best..probably because I painted it with "resolve". Plein air painters are a hardy bunch. Please go visit Donna and cheer her up...here is a link to her blog.
Dalles Mountain Road would have been a 100 mile trip for me coming from Portland, so I opted to paint here today in the overcast early morning. I used some of my new Gamblin Columbia River Gorge Gray that came in our welcome kit from the first day. Isn't it smart of the Gamblin people to make a gray for the Pacific Northwest? I love it! (By the way, have a look at the Torrit gray competition that Gamblin has, the deadline is October 1).