The lost twentieth painting of 2007
Though I had been getting out doing paintings of places in Massachusetts and Vermont since 1990, it was after I moved to Oregon in 2007 that I began a dedicated campaign and officially started Mason Parker Watercolors.
I didn’t know what kinds of scenes my potential Oregonian customers would like, so my solution was to do a series of 20 scenes that were all within my own parameters of what I’d be happy to do again in, format into greeting cards, and see which ones I ran out of the fastest. I scheduled and executed an assortment of Portland street scenes, railroads, bridges, iconic businesses, some waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge, a panorama, an ocean scene, a night scene, and the last mission I left open in case of something unexpected that inspired me.
A perfect September day came along and I took off with two new friends to the Fort to Sea Trail at Fort Clatsop just outside Astoria, and when I saw this view of the brackish marsh in the gently flowing outgoing tide current and Saddleback Mountain in the back I knew that was the one I was saving my time slot for.
However, by the time I’d finished the other 19 it was October and I didn’t think I would get two days of dry clear weather at the coast that were already short by then. I’d also taken a liking to the walking distance Muddy Rudder restaurant and how it looked at the entrance to the Sellwood Bridge so that got the vote for that year’s series, and “Lewis and Clark River at Fort Clatsop” got drained into the “Ocean of Maybe Someday”.
Ten years passed and I still remembered the etherial and calm feeling I had gotten while gazing at this scene that day, and wondered what it would be like to paint a river with a slick surface and gentle current for a change, and finally planned the trip. Though by this time I had switched to pastels for coloring in my drawings, I wanted to depict this scene as close to how I believe I would have done it in 2007, so I made a visit back to watercolor method for this painting.
Lewis and Clark River at Fort Clatsop, Astoria, OR, ink and watercolors, 22″X15″
MY GREETING CARDS, CALENDARS (October-January), AND PRINTS, ARE AVAILABLE AT THESE OREGON STORES. Most serve good to excellent coffee.
ON THE WEST SIDE:
AVALON (greeting cards) – 520 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
LOTUS AND BEAN (greeting cards) – 536 SW 3rd Avene, Portland, OR 97204
CENTRAL DRUGS CO. (greeting cards – large selection) 538 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
FLOWER TEMPLE DESIGNS (greeting cards) – 111 SW Columbia St., Portland, OR 97201 (inside US Bank)
HOLIDAY CARD SHOPPE (greeting cards – very large selection, calendars) -5117 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97239
LUBLINER FLORIST (greeting cards, calendars) – 1300 SW 5th Avenue #120, Portland, OR 97201 (in the ground floor of the Wells Fargo tower, easiest to enter through doors at SW 4th Avenue)
OBLATION (greeting cards, calendars) – 516 NW 12th Avenue Portland, OR 97209
PEARL GALLERY AND FRAMING (greeting cards, prints, calendars, books) – NOW AT: 2250 NW 22nd Ave #404, Portland, OR 97210
RILASSI (greeting cards, calendars) – 3580 SW River Pkwy, Portland, OR 97239
WORLD CUP COFFEE (greeting cards, calendars) – NW Glisan Street, Portland, OR
ON THE EAST SIDE:
ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE CENTER (greeting cards) – 701 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
K + B FRAMES (greeting cards, calendars) – 7828A SE Stark Street Portland, OR 97215
PEOPLE’S COOP (greeting cards, calendars) – 3029 SE 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
REED COLLEGE LIBRARY STORE (greeting cards, calendars) – 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
ROCKING FROG CAFE (greeting cards) – 2511 SE Belmont Street Portland, OR 97214
SALTY TEACUP (greeting cards) – 8416 N. Lombard, Portland, OR 97203
SPACE MONKEY COFFEE (greeting cards, calendars, prints, books) – 5511 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206
TWILL (greeting cards, calendars) – 3352 Se Belmont St, Portland, Oregon
UPS STORE SELLWOOD (greeting cards, calendars) – 1327 SE Tacoma St Portland, OR 97202
WAREHOUSE CAFE/KNOW THY FOOD (greeting cards, calendars) – 3434 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
HAZEL AND PEAR (greeting cards) – same as Warehouse Cafe, on the other side
YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW (prints) – 7506 North Albina Ave. Portland, OR 97217
SPRING CREEK COFFEE HOUSE (greeting cards, calendars) – 10600 SE McLoughlin Boulevard, Milwaukie, OR 97222
ARTFULL GARDEN (greeting cards) -222 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123
MYSTERY GALLERY (greeting cards, calendars) – 13750 McLoughlin Boulevard, Oak Grove, OR 97222
WILLAMETTE VALLEY BOOKS AND BULLION (greeting cards, calendars, prints – large selection) – 603 Main Street, Oregon City, Oregon
SWEET MASTERPIECE CHOCOLATES (greeting cards) 616 Main Street, Oregon City, Oregon
THE CHOCOLATE BOX (greeting cards) -115 N Water St, Silverton, Oregon 97381
OLD STONE COFFEE – 95 N. Main Street, Mount Angel, Oregon (greeting cards)
FIND ME AT THESE UPCOMING SHOWS: (calendars, greeting cards, and small prints will be available)
That’s all for 2017, though I will probably do that Saint Johns holiday one in the elementary school if they put it on again this year.