Tuesday, December 15, 2009
First Cold Light
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It's finally warming up in the Great Northwest. Nice and soggy like it's supposed to be. The cold snap last week had you wondering! We also had a surprise cold, cold day back in October. I remember it was a sunny day here in the Portland area. It was a Saturday and after our weekly plein air class, I was to head east to the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton for the annual Monothon (monotype marathon), a benefit to support the Crow's Shadow Institute for the Arts. Their mission is "to provide educational, social and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development."
Cold Last Night
I tried out my new 10 degree sleeping bag that night. It was a beautiful drive, all light moving away from the Columbia River Gorge in radiations of gold and pink and deepening blue and then black. What would Don Quijote have thought seeing hundreds of sleek, giant windmills rising behind the great walls of the Gorge, slowly turning in the gloaming?
I arrived at 10:30 PM. No lights were on so I slept in the back of the truck. The day before, the temperature had dropped to 30 degrees, the day after, it was 28. The night I slept in the truck it was 19 degrees and I froze. In the morning, frisky dear bounded through the field on their skinny legs.
Over the course of the next day, I made six monotypes that I'm proud of. They are on sale with many others by other artists to benefit the Crow's Shadow Institute. They're only asking $200 each. Each image measures 10 by 18 inches and is printed on a half sheet (15 x 22 inches) of Rives BFK paper. A similar monotype would sell from any of my galleries for well more than twice that. What I'm trying to say is that's a really good price and it benefits a great cause.
You might want to by one!
Wow, now they're offering them at 20% off! that's $160!
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