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Plein Air Painters of Eugene-Springfield Show at Tamarack Wellness Center

May 1.Thursday, 1-2pm drop off paintings at Tamarack Wellness Center, 3575 Donald Street, Eugene, Oregon 97405.

Show is up May, June and July. Tamarack is open 9-5pm everyday, in the main hall.

May 4, Sunday, 3-5pm Opening reception at Tamarack Wellness Center,
3575 Donald Street, Eugene, Oregon 97405.
Please bring any snacks that you would like to share. I will bring Limeade to drink and my Pink Adobe Brownies.
Invite all your friends and family.

Frank LaLumia is coming to the Emerald Art Center May 5-9

Frank LaLumia is coming to the Emerald Art Center May 5-9, 2008 to teach a plein air workshop.
We are leaving the registration open until 9 am on May 5th.

We will be painting at Island Park, Hendricks Park, Fern Ridge Lake, and Mt. Pisgah Park. There is still room in this workshop and it is open to beginners through advanced. Most of the currently registered students have never painted outdoors before and they know that Frank will teach us how to view the landscape, make great compostions, and create beautiful renderings in vibrant colors.

Frank will be featured on PBS later this year in a series on plein air painting. His workshops are in high demand throughout the US and Europe and we are fortunate to sponsor this weeklong workshop.

Frank is known for his ability to help each student overcome the problem of "what do I paint in this scene that is so incredibly full of detail, what do I leave out, what do I emphasize, and how do I pick the colors to say what I feel when I look at this scene." You will really enjoy his sweet personality and his generous teaching style.

Check out his webpage at LaLumia.com http://lalumia.com/ and also our webpage for the Emerald Art Center http://www.emeraldartcenter.org/Downloads/EACW-NewLaLumiaMay08.pdf. Call 726-8595 to register.

Van Gogh's Birthday Party April 2, 2008

Plein Air Painters of Eugene and Springfield Oregon celebrated Van Gogh's birthday Wednesday, April 2, 2008, in Hendricks park Eugene. In this group picture are left to right in back, Brooks, Sally, Dana, Joan, Renee, Sherri Mac and Paul. Front row left to right are Carol, Cathy, Victoria, Shirley, Mara, Rosie and Jackie. A large group for this early in the Spring. Some painted and some just came and visited.

Painters included Jackie,



Sally with kibitzers Dana and Rosie,

Sherrie Mac,


and Victoria.

Pink Adobe Brownies Recipe

Layered Cream Cheese Brownie from “In the Pink”, by Rosalea Murphy

Served at Vincent Van Gogh's Birthday Party, April 2, 2008, in Hendricks Park Eugene Oregon.

¾ Cup Semisweet chocolate chips

3 Tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon Frangelico (liqueur made from hazelnuts)

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

½ cup flour

½ Tablespoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup broken walnuts or pecans

One 3-ounce package of cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the chocolate and butter together in the top of a double boiler. In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat Frangelico, 2 eggs, and ¾ cup of the sugar until thick and smooth.

In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking power, and salt, and add to the egg mixture. Blend in the chocolate mixture and nuts. Spread half the batter in a nonstick 9x13-inch pan.

Beat the remaining egg and sugar, the cream cheese, and the vanilla together; spread over the chocolate batter in the pan. Spread the remaining chocolate batter on top. With a knife, swirl through layers to marble. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Test for doneness. When cool, cut into squares. Pack in a box, separated by layers of waxed paper, for the picnic.

This is directly from Rosalea’s book, page 46. However, I sometime shorten this recipe by using a good brownie mix adding nuts, chocolate chips, Farncelico, and a cream cheese-sugar-egg-vanilla toping. It also takes 50-60 minutes in my oven.



ps. The Pink Adobe Restaurant is still going strong: http://www.thepinkadobe.com/

March 2008 Paintout Pictures - Eugene Springfield Oregon

March 12, 2008 Tamarack Wellness Center Paintout - This is my (Brooks') painting of the Tamarack pool entrance.

Dorothy painted the distant view of the Coburg Hills.

Jacki painted the beautiful rock.

Here is Jacki's painting.

Paul painted the neighborhood, including Jacki.

Victoria brought a friend who painted with us also.

Spring break at University of Oregon we painted at Hayward Field...the home of Prefontain and the famous Oregon track teams.

It rained all day so Rod and I painted from under a tent kindly left up from the previous weekend track meet. Thank you UO.

Rod ran a race on this track in the 7th grade, and he was the timing judge at several Prefontain's races. There are lots of memories in this field for Rod.

March 19th Nancy and I painted at the West Eugene Wetlands. Nice to have a wetlands inside the Eugene city limits.

Nancy does not let the cold detract from her beautiful watercolor of the wetlands.

March 21, Friday, we painted at Mt. Pisgah Aboretum. Spring is barely peaking out.

Dorothy is painting the creek that is full in the spring.

Jane is sketching the bridge with Jonie on it.

Jonie painted from the bridge.

Mark painted the creek also...it attracted all of us.

Saturday, March 29, more plein air painter enjoyed the sunny weather at Mt. Pisgah. Victoria took these pictures of the painter. Thanks Victoria.

Renee joined in.

Jill was there.

Shirley was there.

Here are the paintings of the day. Nice job.

April 2008 Paintout Schedule - Eugene Springfield Oregon

Plein Air Painters of Eugene-Springfield April 2008 Schedule

April 2, Wed., Van Gogh's birthday party, Hendricks Park. Paint all day, party at 3pm at the shelter. South on Walnut from Franklin Blvd., left on Summit into park.

April 3-4, Fri.-Sat., More Hendricks Park painting – Rhodys are in full bloom - enjoy.

Humberto Gonzalez and Yolanda will be in town and paint with us April 4.

April 9, 11, 12, Wed., Fri, Sat. …three days at Owens Rose Garden, no Roses yet, but the 160 year old cherry tree is blooming…WOW!

April 16, Wed. Island Park Springfield – west on B St. till it ends in the parking lot. Water and bathrooms in Willamalane Center – great Willamette River views – I will be helping Dan Chen this week at Emerald Art – so enjoy.

April 18-19, Fri-Sat,Wetlands Paintout – west Eugene wetlands – Greenhill Road across from Greenhill animal shelter…there is portapotty and shelter, but no water. Wonderful views of the wetlands for Eric Sandgren's wetlands art show 2009.

April 23, 25, 26, Wed.,Fri. Sat, EWEB Plaza – three days on the Willamette River. 4th and Ferry St. Park in spaces marked "visitor". Water and restroom available and azaleas will be blooming….and maybe even a Rhody.

April 30, May 2-3, Wed, Fri, Sat. Mt. Pisgah in full spring color…and nice weather…East on 30th, across I5, left and then right after Shell station…on Franklin Blvd. E…a few blocks then left on Seavey Loop Rd.

Good Weather is coming. See you all outside painting.



One of the daily reviews at the coast.

Plein Air

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From our paintiout in July