Art Walk for Annie

"Dark Clouds Over Color" 8x6" Pastel on sanded paper, Sold

Back in October, the artist community here in Portland and beyond was shocked to learn that our friend Annie Salness suffered a stroke. She is a mother, daughter, friend, leader, and artist. This coming Dec 7th her closest friends and neighbors will be hosting an Art Walk for Annie to help raise funds for her medical expenses. Above is my entry for the fundraiser.

Painted in a one hour challenge between a few of us artists at the Hood River Plein Air event, amongst a flower field full of bright flowers. The clouds were threatening us with possible rain, so the challenge to paint fast was even greater by the oncoming rain than the time we allowed. My tribute to Annie, that even dark clouds won't chase away the artistic spirit!

Retail value of the piece: $350.


Art Walk for Annie

Tuesday, December 7, 6:30-8:30 pm

Sunset Presbyterian Church Lobby

14986 NW Cornell Road (xHwy 26, by Phoenix Inn and Arco Station)

Portland OR 97229

For even more information on how to help or donate, click here.

So please come on out to the event to help support her and her family through this most difficult time as she goes through her grueling therapy and recuperation.


Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

Brenda, I really love what you wrote about the dark sky and the "spirit" that remains...that is so perfect...and I know it describes Annie! Beautiful painting and great thoughts to go with it. :)

11/17/10, 7:26 PM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks Celeste. I'm hoping that she pulls through all of this. I can't even begin to imagine how frustrating it is not to be able to easily speak, no words to flow freely. Hoping that the Art Walk will at least help a little if not a lot with their enormous medical expenses!

Do you remember this day? It was at the Gorge White House, just prior our taqueria dinner! Those dark clouds made the flowers even brighter!

11/18/10, 7:39 AM  
Blogger Amanda Makepeace said...

Beautiful! I've added this to the EBSQ Friday Five: Fresh Pressed Art for November!

11/19/10, 6:30 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Thanks Amanda! Maybe some of the other artists will be compelled to donate too. Let's get the word out to help Annie!

11/19/10, 7:28 AM  
Blogger Kim Vanlandingham said...

Just found you on the Friday Five. Love your work, and so wonderful that you're trying to help your friend. Good luck with the fundraiser.

11/19/10, 8:26 AM  
Blogger José Carrilho (Go Detail) said...

Hi Brenda,

It's a wonderful work, as are all of your other paintings.
I wish you great success at the event, as well to all other participating artists.
Annie may even get better just because of this great initiative.

Best regards,


11/20/10, 11:21 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Kimberly & Jose', thanks for the visit! It's the least I can do for her and her family. Wishing for her complete recovery.

11/20/10, 1:48 PM  

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