Wednesday, July 27, 2011
If you have never been to Bend, Oregon, be sure and put it on your bucket list! What a beautiful place. Art in the Mountains workshops are held in the Phoenix Inn Suites right at the foot of a vibrant downtown full of interesting shops and wonderful restaurants plus a gorgeous park where the Dechutes river flows through. We arrived in time to view a major bicycle event. I was able to get some wonderful photos of speeding cyclists in a pack. I don't know if I will ever use them, but it was exciting to be so close to this kind of action. I did a little outdoor sketching and painting, one of which is decent enough to post a little later.
Sunday night there was a reception for me to meet the students and them to meet me. This was such a nice idea. In fact, there are all sorts of special little touches here that make this venue special. A small art store is set up in the workshop as there is no other art store in the vicinity. Wednesday a masseuse comes in at lunch time for those that want a 10 minute relaxing treatment! Tonight we will have a class dinner and they also take an informal class portrait that is sent to everyone. Tracy Culbertson has thought of everything!
I have a great group of hard working students and at the end of today we will have a critique of the first painting. My goal is to photograph them and create a slide show. Above is the quick demo I did Tuesday. More to come!
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 6:31 AM