In keeping with my early morning wanderings, this painting was inspired by a sunrise hike at Powell Butte, here in Portland. The light was golden as it peaked over the horizon and lit up everything it touched in the same golden hue. In addition to this gorgeous 360 degree view, we encountered several species of wildlife, up close and personal. A giant owl gliding over head, sizing up the Aussies and ultimately deeming them too big for breakfast. Deer peacefully grazing in the distance.
As we began our descent we kept hearing a rustling in the bushes. We'd stop, listen, look around but saw nothing. We continued. So did the rustling. After a few stops and starts, I heard the rustling even closer, and this time when I turned around there was a coyote standing on the trail behind us! Thankfully the dogs were already leashed up, because the trio of canines was definitely sizing each other up. We walked. It walked. We stopped. So did the coyote. Always maintaining a respectful distance, but ever watchful- all of us. Eventually our curious friend scampered back into the woods, and we arrived back to the car safely.
It's experiences like this that burn themselves into my memory. I can picture it all in my head, as if it had just happened yesterday. Memories like these, coupled with a photo, seem to be the easiest for me to recreate quickly. Working quickly definitely lends a different kind of energy to the paintings too. More gestural, a greater sense of movement. If you've been following along this month, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the series so far. Feedback and constructive criticism are always welcome and appreciated. Leave me a note in the comments!
I'll leave you with a peek of the original photo this painting was based off of.