One day at our gallery we got paid a visit by the Vermont nudist society and they left us the summer issue of their publication which was loaded with beautiful photos of swimmng holes and waterfalls I had never heard of, motivating me to go explore the northern part of the state. I thought the photo of Crystal Falls with the old creamery covered bridge over it was classic Vermont scenery, would make a great picture, which oddly when arrived and looked downstream the brook had a strong Pacific Northwestern feel to it with the evergreens tilted into the increasing gradient.
I ended up moving to Oregon a few months later and not long afterwards I hiked the Opal Creek trail near Mill City and came to the little bridge in Jawbone Flats where Battleaxe Creek and Opal Creek meet, and scrambled down to see the waterfall underneath…
One of the stranger things I noticed after moving was that new versions of people from my old life, often with strong physical resemblences, started appearing like some rebooted continuity, but discovering that certain places and natural features had that mysterious ability too was even more surreal to me!
Both falls are of the same width, height, and shape, and have same sized bridges above them, and for all I know the original Flock Falls one could have been a covered bridge, as the passage was probably an important one back in its mining settlement days.
Though I had switched to mostly ink and pastels by this time, in honor of that experience I wanted to keep my rendition of Flock Falls in the spirit of it’s doppleganger and did the coloring in watercolors. The only thing I did differently is I had to do it from the left side of the river because I wanted to get the pouring flume in there which is as much an Oregon signature as a covered bridge is of the northeast.
Crystal Falls, Montgomery, VT, ink and watercolors, 22″X15″
Flock Falls, Jawbone Flats, 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.