Harbinger of Spring, 12x16

"Harbinger of Spring" 12x16" Pastel on sanded paper

I'm back from chaperoning some 45 teens on a trip to Idaho....crazy, I know. While touring to this location, I couldn't help but notice the difference in the Idaho landscape. The lack of trees, no fir, a few barren deciduous, but mostly the grey hillsides had left me feeling a bit empty. On my return, by way of the Columbia River Gorge, the scenery changed drastically with hints of Spring again. Joyfully, Spring is in full force in Portland with plenty of pink blossoms, budding maples and daffodils. I'm welcoming the change in seasons and the scenery in the Northwest. "Harbinger of Spring" is a Plein Air piece I painted last week at the same location as my previous post.

Coinciding with the Spring season is the Celebration of Creativity Fine Art Exhibit. I will be participating this year with 7 originals, including "Satin Slopes" and "Lily Dance", (below). This is a well organized show with a strong following of visitors that offers plenty of unique craft and artistry. I will be at the Artist's Reception on March 5th, from 7~9pm. More info is posted on the right.

"Lily Dance" 24x24 Pastel on sanded paper


Blogger Amanda Makepeace said...

I was just getting ready to comment on the that stunning painting when I saw a message from you in the sidebar! What a coincidence. :) Anyways, you captured those pinks just perfectly. I'm looking forward to having you as the next EBSQ Blogger of the Week!


3/4/10, 1:53 PM  
Blogger Donna T said...

Keep those beautiful spring paintings coming, Brenda! You are all much farther along on the west coast than those of us still looking at dirty snowbanks here in the East.

3/10/10, 5:32 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Amanda, Thanks for interviewing me of your blog! What a nice compliment that was!

Donna, the weather here is really funny. Yesterday we had sun, rain, then hail, then a few snowflakes that dusted the upper hillsides. It's quickly changing to the warmer months, but not warm enough to wear a tee-shirt outdoors.

3/10/10, 7:45 AM  

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