Sunday, June 19, 2016

Covering the Tunnel

Chris took me to the farm to watch the workers put plastic over the hoop tunnel. A dark cloud rolled in when they started and then the wind and rain came. The pictures tell the story. They couldn't get it over  and then the wind got under it and it sailed over to the next hoop tunnel. The shower pasted and the sun came out. The next try they got it covered with no problems.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Saturday Market, and view from 14th floor

The outdoor market takes place every Saturday, a space for the vegetable market and the space for crafts, music and food.This last Saturday was a beautiful day and the market was crowded with people. Everyone was having a good time, dancing and listening to the jazz music, sitting at the tables, eating, enjoying the surroundings. Old people danced, young people danced and old and young danced together, (man with white beard with young girl with long hair).It is like the old hippy days, skirts, tie dyed shirts and all kinds of hats. People talk to each other, people they don't know. It is a friendly place.
After the market I went for a bike ride along the river. It is wonderful to see so many people out in the park, walking, with dogs, with family, eating at picnic tables, lying on the grass, children playing. There are foot bridges that cross the river and I made a loop from my side across to the other side and back to my side about I guess four miles.
The stone stairs go to the top of Skinner's Butte, a high hill that looks out over the city. From my window I look out to the trees on Skinners Butte and east to hills.
Different times of day

late afternoon

looking south from 14 floor

stairs going up to Skinners Butte

Skinners Butte from across the river

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ya Po Ah 1414

Saturday outside market

Ya Po Ah , the building I live in is the tallest building in Eugene, 18 floors and I live on the 14th. I have taken many photos as I walk around town and as you can imagine Ya Po Ah can be seen from many places. Everythink I observe I think in terms of the potential subject for a painting. So far I have made a few bad watercolors at Chris's farm. I have never painted city buildings so I am letting the sights settle in my mind, getting familiar with everything. The streets are wider, there are bike lanes, many parking lots, sidewalks with grass on each side, everything landscaped, beautiful trees and bushes, no central down town, business spread out in different parts of town, mixed in with residential dwellings. There are many beautiful parks, some follow the river. I hope you looked at the photos of the rose garden. As you can tell my environment is my inspiration. 
The people at Ya Po Ah are friendly and I have meet them in the elevator, the dinning room, the garden, and about, some with their little dogs in tow. I have joined the philosophy group,  the tai chi  exercise class,  and  have been to all the Saturday night movies. Chris bring me to the farm once a week. I have changed over the Social security to the a bank here, got the medicare changed to OR and I now have a doctor and a pharmacy close by.  Things are coming together. I hope I am not boring you with my descriptions. I need to keep in touch with all of you, my tie to ME

Ya Po Ah in background

Ya Po Ah on right background

bike lanes and road signs

Walnut rasin bread, slicing turnips, zucchini, an onion the size of a head of cabbage and carrots.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Newburyport Show

Pink  House Watercolor
There is a reproduction of this painting for sale.Go to the blogspot that has the  list of paintings.