A Little Plein Air in Bend, OR

I returned last night from teaching a quick, one day plein air workshop for the Plein Air Painters of Oregon. What a wonderful day! The weather gods where definitely behind us as we had a spectacular day in the high 70’s with just a bit of wind early in the morning that settled right down, making it perfect painting weather.

We kicked off the workshop with a mixer at my host’s house the night before.Thanks to everyone for the yummy and welcoming evening. Super to get to know one another before we head out into the field.

An early start to Dillon Falls, a place I’ve painted before. When I was there last time, I hadn’t taken the time to wander up to the falls. Boy, was I surprised!They are amazing!

Dillon Falls on the Deshutes
Starting a watercolor under-painting after completing a thumbnail sketch

Watercolor palette
A loose and chromatic start
Making some assessments
Wild and bold start to cut all the GREEN!!
Adding pastel

My newly cleaned and organized palette!!

Making a little headway to finish

The completed field sketch

My source

We had a great day painting in the Oregon sunshine. Thank you to all of you in the group for coming out and working with me. Thanks to the coordinators and especially to Jennifer for hosting me!

1 thought on “A Little Plein Air in Bend, OR”

  1. Hi Marla….this looks like such a fabulous experience….how i wish i lived closer!!! anyway, i'm just totally blown away with your interpretation of the landscape you have in front of you….haven't been painting for a few months (back into pot production!) and yesterday tried to do a piece. frustrating isn't a strong enough word….but seeing how you interpret the scene is such an inspiration….loosening up in this area is what i need!

    cheers, Linda wright….Big Hill Retreat!
    ps let me know if you have any further ideas of dates to come here…..so much looking forward to the experience!

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