Friday, August 21, 2015

Dufur View of Mt Hood

"Dufur View of Mt Hood" 10x10 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
Mt Hood painted from a viewpoint near quaint Dufur, OR before the wheat fields were harvested. The mountain was under a bit of cloud cover and partially obscured. This is a lovely area especially in mid summer when the hills glisten with the ripening wheat. They host a Threshing festival there in early August, using old fashioned techniques to harvest some of the crop.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Furrowed Fields

"Furrowed Fields" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
This was painted on location looking down the Webber Canyon on a hazy winter day before the fields filled in with lush green. On a clear day you can see both Mt Adams, and Mt Ranier.

We've had haze this summer from the wildfires. With the exception of the lack of green, the scene is quite similar.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Rattlesnake Mountain at Golden Hour (sold)

"Rattlesnake Mountain at Golden Hour" 8x8 oil on board, © Laura Gable, SOLD
As the Autumn day was fading towards evening these lovely peach tones appeared on the horizon and flooded the land with it's luminescence. I was privy to be there painting this scene, and added the golden tones before they faded away. The air was brisk with a slight chill - perfect and lovely Autumn weather. A fabulous afternoon spent painting with a dear friend, was a welcome reprieve from a taxing day.

Pleased to have sold this painting while it was on display at the Anelare Winery in Benton City. A beautiful place to sip wine and enjoy artwork. Visit when you can.

Long Shadows

"Long Shadows" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
There is an area along the Yakima River called Horn Rapids where the river takes a wide turn almost back the way it came. There are dirt roads leading down to the river where many a fisherman finds solace; and kayakers let their crafts in and out along the waters' edges. We enjoy going out that way to paint when it's not too hot, as it is quite exposed. It was especially colorful this afternoon as the sage brush was climbing out of it's slumber, gathering color, and shrub oaks along the water were turning a fiery red. It was an idyllic afternoon.

Clouds Overhead (sold)

"Clouds Overhead" 8x8 oil on board, ©Laura Gable SOLD
I've been doing quite a bit of plein air painting this year. I set out around late December in 2014 resolving to complete at least 2-3 paintings a week. I didn't go so far as to require one per day, because I know what that does to me and my creative psyche. So during the cooler, less colorful months, it was interesting to see what colors I could see in these sueded hillsides and the surrounding toned trees and brush. This was painted from an overlook near the Columbia River where the Yakima River merges into this expansive waterway. The largest mountains in our area are treeless. An odd claim to fame, but even Wikipedia acknowledges that fact regarding this Rattlesnake Mountain.

Rattlesnake Mountain (Native American name LalĂ­ik meaning "land above the water") is a 3,527 ft (1,060 m) windswept treeless sub-alpine ridge overlooking the Hanford nuclear site. Parts of the western slope are privately owned ranchland, while the eastern slope is under the federal protection of the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve, a unit of the Hanford Reach National Monument, managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Rattlesnake Mountain is often described as the tallest treeless mountain in the world, but this claim appears to be without foundation.[2] The highest winds recorded on Rattlesnake were around 150 mph (241 kilometers per hour).[3]

Just yesterday winds up on Rattlesnake were clocked over 100 mph. Glad I wasn't up there with an easel. ;-)

Sage Bouquets

"Sage Bouquets" 5x7 oil on board, ©Laura Gable
Living in eastern Washington, we are surrounded by rolling hills complete with clumps of sagebrush. The tones of the hillsides swing towards lavenders and gold at times. This little bouquet was begging to be painted.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Water's Edge (sold)

These lovely ponds are tucked in the Amon Basin area in Eastern Washington. I hiked in a short distance to find this viewpoint. Not much was happening this day, until 2 bicyclists came zooming past and startled me. For the most part it was just me and the water and the ducks and the sage and the rabbit brush and the trees. A lovely soliloquy for a winter's day. Perhaps I will return there again soon to see what nature provides. Softer colors I'm sure since I pushed these a bit brighter than our true hazy mid-winter tones.

"Water's Edge" in it's final revision. 9x12 oil on board, ©Laura Gable

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Amon Basin Marshes

Yesterday I got an opportunity to paint en plein air. As I was heading south on Leslie Rd, the sun peeked out from behind it's cloud cover, and my car veered left toward Amon Basin Preserve. There is this lovely pond there on both sides of the wide path. I set up looking towards the north and did a quick painting. I like the drama of the water in the foreground as it went almost dark purple then faded towards the soft marshes in the back. The reflections were stunning and the distant trees very soft. After about an hour, when the sun ducked out again, my scene quickly changed and it was time to stop. Nature has a way of keeping us from being too fussy!!

"Amon Basin Marshes" painted plein air ,
8" x 10" oil on board, ©Laura Gable