Downtown Bend

Sketches from downtown Bend

Clouds Always Steal My Heart and The Show

Posted on Aug 6, 2020

AboveTheButte

I painted for the first time at Pilot Butte today. It’s “our” butte that is right in town. From the summit the entire city of Bend is visible as well as several major Cascade peaks. It is one of only four cities in the country that has a volcano within their city border. For the curious the other three are Portland, Oregon; Jackson, Mississippi and Honolulu, Hawaii. That’s what I said, Mississippi has a volcano?!

I made a couple thumbnail sketches prior to painting and it became obvious that the clouds were going to steal the show.  I wanted them to float, to interact with the butte and mesmerize the viewer as they did me.

I will definitely paint at Pilot Butte again.

Stay safe everyone.

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A Magic Box

Posted on Feb 2, 2017

This is the mailbox in Minnesota Market Building. It’s where my studio is located. In that little box in the top right hand corner, scribed 12, I receive your thank you notes with kind words, checks and good wishes, movie tickets and gift cards, and art cards made just for me. The box doesn’t look like much, but it has magical powers. It brings kindness, thoughtfulness and love from you to me.

#12, A Magic Box

#12, A Magic Box

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No Sorry, We’re Closed

Posted on Oct 17, 2015

NoSorryWereClosed

What an unusual sign. I’ve never had a chance to sit in this bookstore/coffee shop long enough to sketch this until today. Of course, I had to include that sign. Makes me smile every time I see it.

This is the inside of Dudley’s, a locally owned bookstore on Minnesota Ave in Bend. Next time I’ll have to sketch some of the shelves of books that go from floor to ceiling. It’s was a great place to hang out on a rare rainy day here.

Thanks RJ McHatton for planning this!

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Tin Pan Alley north of Minnesota Avenue

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

Tin Pan Alley north of Minnesota Avenue, Bend, OR

Tin Pan Alley north of Minnesota Avenue, Bend, OR

A quick sketch on notebook paper. Practicing capturing light and shadow.

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