Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pacific Northwest :: Foggy Days

I know I've been a bit sporadic at blogging lately. Life has been busy. A good busy, but busy. It hasn't left as much time as I'd like for beading, blogging and such. I've been traveling a lot, and just returned from a trip to Oregon where we were visiting with my brother and his family, and made a large migration of family to the coast to see my Dad. I rarely make it 'home' these days, but I do miss the Pacific Northwest.

I got a bit of time yesterday to paint before the flight home. I have a new toy called a water brush. You just give it a little squeeze and voila you've got water color paint to go. I gave my new toy a spin and painted a local icon called the St. John's Bridge (c. 1931). Its design is Gothic to echo neighboring Cathedral Park, and it was declared on St. Patrick's day that it would be painted green. The St. John's Bridge was the first of its kind west of the Mississippi; a suspension bridge, just like the Golden Gate in San Francisco (c. 1937). If you've ever been to Portland you know that it is known for it's bridges that crisscross the Willamette River that runs through the city. The bridges are simply everywhere, and add to the feel of this water city.

I managed to get some great 'moody weather' as my husband likes to call it. Personally, I love the rain and fog. It is relaxing and feels like home. I got a lot of it while I was there. The fog creates the perfect backdrop, and I decided to paint in a bit to my watercolor.

15 comments:

Patty Woodland said...

I am not one for rain and fog. Here the sun goes away in October and except for a few days here and there doesn't come back until July.

It's a little depressing...

I love the painting

BeadedTail said...

You paint too? You are so talented! It's beautiful and I'm glad you enjoyed your trip back 'home'!

Christine Altmiller said...

Cynthia~this water color is beautiful! I had no idea you paint (and do it So Well). The colors you chose help bring out the soothing, peaceful feeling you get from the fog and rain. Really lovely work. I hope you had a great time in OR.

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Wow, you are so talented -- beautiful work!! Happy busy is always great, as is moody weather! A blessed Easter to you and yours dear friend :)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I had no idea you paint. What a pleasant surprise! And such beautiful work!

LisaS said...

Beautiful water color. You are so talented!!!

Duni said...

That painting is excellent! I love the ombre effect! Thanks for the link to the water brush. I've never seen them before.

Maryanne said...

What a beautiful watercolor! Water pens are fantastic! I didn't realize you paint as well as make jewelry!

BackstoryBeads said...

Your watercolor gave me the surprise of the morning, Cynthia. There is no end to your talent. You've captured the beauty and the grace of both the bridge and the "moody weather!"

Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful painting Cynthia! Your talents are never ending, which is a very good thing! I am glad that you got to go back home and see family and friends.
Therese

Claudia Aguilar said...

Oh wow what a nice painting! I am still at crayons :(

-Cheers

Twisted Scottish Bastard said...

I didn't realise that those bridges looked so Gothic. Lovely work, I always envy anybody with artistic talent. Strange, someone at work (school) just mentioned the water brush, and was going to get one to try.

Shaiha said...

Just beautiful! It does bring back memories of when I lived in PDX.

Magic Love Crow said...

Welcome back ;o) You paint too? Wow, you are talented! Gorgeous!

Liz E said...

Beautiful work! I love the way it leads you off into the distance, into the unknown. I had no idea you were so multi-talented! You should paint more!!

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