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Erik Sandgren's Oregon Coast Paintout - July 2008

Dear Friends –

Please forgive the lateness of this announcement – life has been complicated lately! All the more reason to be looking forward again to painting with you on the central Oregon coast that Nelson loved as an escape into the great verities of nature.

Please welcome new people and continue to send me updates of e-mail and postal addresses. Pass the word to friends and sympathetic painters who may be interested in sharing our experience.

As discussed at the end of last year’s session, we’ll meet this year from Monday, July 7 through Saturday, July 19. Starting each day at 9:00 AM we will paint at the sites listed below come rain, wind, or brutal sun - often until evening. Feel free to take a long break for lunch: get out of the mid-day sun or weather and resume painting when the light changes and paint late into the afternoon.

July 2008 Coast Painting Schedule and Itinerary

bold type indicates Painting Workshop days

Monday 7 Ona Beach State Park

Tuesday 8 Seal Rock State Park

Wednesday 9 Cummins Creek (Neptune State Park)

Thursday 10 Rocky Creek State Park

Friday 11 Yachats South Shore

Saturday 12 Yaquina Light (in Newport west of the bay bridge)

Sunday 13 Depoe Bay (south Boat Launch area)

Monday 14 Seal Rock State Park

Tuesday 15 Cummins Creek (Neptune State Park)

Wednesday 16 Ona Beach State Park

evening at Newport Recreation Center 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Thursday 17 Seal Rock State Park

Friday 18 Rocky Creek State Park

Saturday 19 Yaquina Light

painting AM – Potluck and Exhibition 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Special Events

Monday, July 9th, we’ll see you at 9:00 AM sharp at Ona Beach State Park for openers.

On Wednesday evening July 16th we’ll meet at the Newport Recreation Center (225 S.E. Avery Street). A short slide presentation/talk at 7:30 will precede an informal viewing of the group’s latest work until 9:30 PM. Everyone is encouraged to bring a painting or two done during the week of painting together. It is exciting for us all to see work energized by the landscapes and the personal interactions.

On Saturday, Ju1y 19th at 1:30 PM (the final afternoon) we’ll have a potluck lunch/dinner at picnic facilities in the sheltered park below Yaquina Light (in Newport just west of the bay bridge). If you want good food and company, don’t get this location confused with the federally operated Yaquina Head Light many miles north of town. Perhaps we’ll have better weather than last year. If not, we’ll do it anyway. Bring good stuff!

For those who desire an intensive approach of focused instruction and painting challenges, I will offer a three day intensive Watercolor Workshop. The workshop fee is $190. The workshop will be July 8, 9, and 10. I welcome serious painters of all levels of experience who desire technical suggestions in watercolor and serious critique of their responses to specific painterly problems and challenges. Workshop participants can meet up with everyone on July 7th then peel off for the next three mornings for discussion, demonstration, and assignments. We will paint together as a group and share review/critique/discussion of our work in the afternoons before rejoining everyone after 3:00PM. The workshop is offered on a space available basis with the size limited to 20 people. Last year it filled rather quickly. If you are interested in a place, please register by sending me a $50 non – refundable reservation fee. The $140 balance is payable on July 8th.

This year I will keep the teaching workshop to a single session. I will accept checks by mail in the order I receive them until the workshop fills. When I receive your reservation I will confirm with you and forward a supply list. Should I receive your reservation fee after the workshop has filled, I will return it to you and contact you about a waiting list. Feel free to inquire more about the workshop at any time by phone or e-mail.

Parking is especially tight at Seal Rock, Cummins Creek, and Yachats South Shore. Please double up on transportation to these sites. You might drive to the vicinity in your own rig and arrange to shuttle to the site with friends. I have personally received some pressure from Park personnel, so we would all appreciate your efforts at these locations in particular. I have scheduled our locations to avoid the minus tide events that tend to bring us into conflict with Park activities.

Rain or shine, bring your painting gear in any media, lunches, jackets, hats, and sunscreen. See you there!

Erik Sandgren

Sunny Eugene Paintouts - February 2008


Sunny Eugene provided a perfect day to paint on the banks of the Willamette River at EWEB Plaza. Bets and Cathy were first to arrive and well on their way to nice paintings by the time I got there.






Here is Bets painting, "partially finished" according to Bets.








Cathy is painting in the shade on this sunny day.







Coda was enjoying the shade too.









Not Mara, it was sun for her.








Renee and Bets discuss the monoprint technique that Renee is using.







Renee and one of her beautiful monoprints. Monoprints made with watercolor paint...amazing.






Sally is just getting started.









Sally and Mara and Coda...note Sally's beautiful easel.








Victoria starting her painting at EWEB.








Nancy painted the old flour mill from the Jefferson-Washington Park.






Standing on the railroad overpass we had a view of Skinner Butte with old industrial Eugene in the foreground.







A Train surprised us with an ear splitting whistle.

PAINTING ON the COAST

PAINTING ON the COAST
One of the daily reviews at the coast.

Plein Air

Plein Air
From our paintiout in July