Carpenter Hill En Plein Air
It is already August 1st! I can't believe how quickly time flies when you are having fun! Today a good painter/friend and I took a scenic drive from Jacksonville on Old Stage Road and up Dark Hollow Road to Carpenter Hill Road. Such a beautiful area! What a wonderful place to do a painting on location with vineyards and pear orchards. We stopped at the bottom of the hill and turned around to look West up the hill. The view is spectacular and the composition is ready-made for painting En Plein Aire! Tuscany has nothing on Southern Oregon at this spot! We took some reference photos to begin but first we shared our completed paintings from our last Plein Aire venture when we painted on Taylor Road near Central Point. Great exchange of critiques for those two paintings which we felt were both successful and totally different views of the same Table Rock farm scene. We painted for about 3.5 hours and then stopped for lunch. We drove into Phoenix and had lunch at a delightful place called First Street Cafe which we both enjoyed very much! We will meet in another two weeks to share our completed paintings, do a critique and then paint like crazy (weather permitting!) Our friendship is developing as we paint. I can hardly wait to go paint on the Rogue River next!