LOTS OF WOOD MAKES A PUZZLE FOR THE ARTIST
I was driving back to Portland from the coast and heard there was a good pizza place in Banks, so took the shortcut from Route 26 through Banks Road and looked down onto this large lumber mill laying there in the basin all full of warm toned colors and long piles of logs and activity against a background of foothills, and I instantly put it on my list of my Oregon paintings series. Though I felt that it would be the odd one that didn’t fit into my landscapes, cityscapes, and nature theme, it also did because it had elements of all of them, both physically and literally. Lumber mills are a permanent essential feature of our lives and landscapes, and anyone who travels by land will eventually come across one. And, I had some nostalgia from working in one when I was 17. Not surprisingly the smells and sounds were the same, and probably the same as they were ever since the industrial age.
The only problem was that I didn’t get to it until ten years later and the trees had grown tall, filling in the view that was already severly obstructed by houses. My only chance of creating a painting that was thoroughly detailed enough to be recognizable as one of mine, was to do it one small section at a time. This involved finding about eight different perspectives spread over about a quarter of a square mile, some way up on the hill just barely high enough to see over, some right down next to the mill like being in the ridiculously close front row in any movie theater.
What was peculiar about every one of the June days that I went to my work site is that they weren’t like June at all, and if I had no calendar I would not have questioned that it was late August, and the inspiration changed over from a busy noisy mill spewing sweetened clouds of brown dust to one of capturing the laziness of summer winding down with a folk art touch. The sky became slowly drifting clouds, and the foreground of the property owners plain looking yard turned into an abundance of wildflowers, and this was my best opportunity yet to emphasize my love of Garry oak trees as much as I could without downstaging the subject of the lumber mill. Perhaps their shiny leathery clumpy leaves that evolved to be fire resistant in the Pacific Northwest’s long summer dryness are symbolic of my own resistance to the joys of it ending. With this I strived to include both the overall shape of a good sized branch in the background and its finer details in the foreground.
Banks Sawmill, Banks, OR, ink and pastels, 30″X22″
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.