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  • Perfect Weather at the Gorge

    We had such a great time these past few days at the Columbia River Gorge! It is truly a plein air painter’s paradise. With views of the river, rock formations, wildflowers, volcanic peaks, weathered farm buildings and so much more, we barely scratched the surface of possibilities in our few days of painting. This was a new destination for us and we liked it so much it may well become an annual spring paint-out. Perfect weather was the icing on the cake.

    We split our time between two state parks about 50 miles apart - Beacon Rock in forested foothills, and Columbia Hills on the edge of the high desert – both had wonderful views in all directions. About 18 painters came from all directions to set up their easels for one or more days. One of the things I love about painting together is the positive energy and encouragement of the group. We are all too familiar with the struggles and challenges of learning to paint. A smiling face and a cheerful word can have a huge impact. What a great group we have!

    The hostel room worked well and we discovered that the small town of White Salmon has some wonderful restaurants. Thank you so much Janice Kirstein and Nancy Allen for your excellent facilitating!

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