I'm taking a break from the labyrinth project. Today I went to the Franciscan Villa at Bridal Veil in the Columbia Gorge with my art group--the Portland Plein Air and Studio Painters. My dear friend Kathy Allegri organizes these opportunities at the Villa at least once a year. It is a private setting, not open to the public, and so it is special to go there. It is the residence of Franciscan nuns who teach at a Montessori School in Portland. There are both natural and cultivated gardens, and even a waterfall! This is a small watercolor of some planted urns in a formal garden at the back of the house. I liked the light and shadow pattern. There are so many wonderful places to paint at the Villa that it is almost impossible to choose. We hope to go back again when the Fall colors are out. I especially like this place because it was the inspiration for my "Stepping Stones" paintings, done four years ago. Those paintings are, in fact, directly linked to the labyrinth paintings because they deal with the complexities of the paths of our lives.
PS: Thanks to the followers of my "Labyrinth" series. New postings will come soon.