En plein air painting and sketching at the Gordon Skagit Farm

En plein air painting and sketching at the Gordon Skagit Farm

Several of my women friends, old and new, met for a day of painting outdoors at the Gordon Skagit Farm.  There was no shortage of vegetable models and colorful views to inspire our art making.  And we fit right in with the celebratory spirit of art in the country, surrounded as we were by Eddie Gordon’s paintings.

Painting has been largely a solitary pursuit for me, and I have come to love these informal meet-ups to paint with kindred souls.  Several of these women meet regularly and take classes together.  Someday when I’m retired I hope to be just like them!

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Bonnie's sketchbook

Bonnie’s sketchbook

The painters were a magnet for curious kids

The painters were a magnet for curious kids

Nancy's pumpkins

Nancy’s pumpkins

Judy at work

Judy at work

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Maryam's pumpkins

Maryam’s pumpkins

Jude at work

Libby at work

The inspiration for my first watercolor painting

The inspiration for my first watercolor painting

My watercolor sketch of the vintage International Harvester truck

My watercolor sketch of the vintage International Harvester truck

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Inspiration for my second watercolor sketch

Inspiration for my second watercolor sketch

My watercolor sketch of turban squashes

My watercolor sketch of turban squashes

 

Autumn displays at Gordon Skagit Farm

Autumn displays at Gordon Skagit Farm

It has now become something of an annual tradition, this daytrip to Mount Vernon’s Gordon Skagit Farm.  (You can see my posts from previous visits here and here and here  and here.)  It has become my favorite way to celebrate autumn.  Each year Eddie Gordon displays his new work — large paintings showcased outdoors on the farm.  This year’s paintings included several magnificent mountain landscapes.  One barn features haunting scenes on darkened stage sets.  Bins of pumpkins and squashes and gourds are filled to overflowing.  I didn’t even visit the corn maze or U-pick apple orchard this year.  I love this place!

As usual, I took far too many photos to show in one blog post, so I will string them out.  Tomorrow’s post will be an online gallery of Eddie Gordon’s paintings.  And Saturday’s post will feature the paintings and sketches some of my women friends made on site, inspired by Eddie’s artistic offerings.  So stay tuned.

Entrance sign to the Gordon Skagit Farm

Entrance sign to the Gordon Skagit Farm

It was a foggy morning in the Skagit Valley.

It was a foggy morning in the Skagit Valley

Bin of turban squashes

Bin of turban squashes

Woodland gown made from natural materials

Woodland gown made from natural materials

More high fashion near the barn

More high fashion near the barn

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Vintage International Harvester truck, decorated with pumpkins

Vintage International Harvester truck, decorated with pumpkins

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Bottle gourds

Bottle gourds

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Staged in the haunted barn

Staged in the haunted barn

Spooky scene

Spooky scene

Indian corn

Indian corn

Thanks for this recipe!

Thanks for this recipe!

Kids visiting the farm

Kids visiting the farm

 

 

 

I Have Seen This!

November 8, 2013

“Every painted image announces:  I have seen this . . . ”
John Berger, The Shape of a Pocket

Turban and Carnival squashes

Turban and Carnival squashes

Seeing this turban squash from three angles

Seeing this turban squash from three angles