When I chose to pursue a career as an artist and art teacher, one of my dreams was to take time off to travel as much as possible. This year for spring break, I was lucky enough to see the charming state of Oregon.
As I wandered through the streets of Portland, I found that it was just as quirky, eclectic and unique as I had imagined. The people are awesome, the bike lanes are ginormous, and the vibe is unlike anywhere else.
The famous Powell's City of Books is where I bought a used copy of one of my favorites, Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. A short walk from the hotel, Stumptown Coffee Roasters doesn’t disappoint...the coffee is simply amazing! For an evening of live music I made my way into the underground of the Doug Fir Lounge, listening to the groovy and mellow sounds of unconventional musicians, with originalilty like I’ve never heard before. As an artist I was inspired by the courage that these folks have to put something so new and raw out there for the world to judge. And finally before leaving the city, I enjoyed the Portland Japanese Garden, a whimsical treasure.
However, the Pacific Northwest Coast is among the most stunning of all. It was dark and rainy the day I visited Astoria and Cannon Beach, which added to the beauty. The wind was so strong that it moved sheets of sand around me as I walked down the beach. The famous Haystack seemed majestic, standing strong and fierce through the wind and fog. It was a day I’ll not soon forget.
While working on my painting of Cannon Beach and the Haystack Rock, I wanted to capture the intimate moment of that experience. After a few weeks of layering paint, revising, and adjusting, I think that I finally did it some justice. I hope my next adventure brings as much inspiration.
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