In addition, I also was able to spend time with my art buddy, Anne Jennings Paris. I don't get to see her very often -- every few years --- and I really cherish the time we spend together. We discuss all of our art projects. And share the work of other artists who have inspired us. And ideas for how to move forward and keep doing our artwork. It is hard to balance it with the other parts of our lives.
Anne did a whole project of watercolor notecards during her ex-pat experience in London. And most recently, she sent me one from Denver after seeing an art exhibit there on Women Impressionism.
It is so much fun to get a painting in the mail, I guess I wanted to try it myself.
c. 1937Also, I had recently discovered Emily Carr's work, so I would also say that I was thinking about her while I was painting this watercolor. She is a Canadian artist, who lived in the Pacific Northwest, and lived from 1871-1945. A pioneer. She is considered post-Impressionist.
One of the coolest things I experienced during that trip was seeing a deer swimming in the Clackamas River near Anne's home.
Look for the deer swimming upstream