Golden Retriever

Here is the confluence of the Columbia and the Willamette, as viewed from timberland on the ridge NW of the two cities.  

Industrial Landscape with Golden Retriever, oil on panel, 12" x 16"   

Industrial Landscape with Golden Retriever, oil on panel, 12" x 16"

 

detail

detail

Finnegan

Caleb doesn't believe Finnegan cries when he leaves the house, but it's true. Finnegan sits at the window and whimpers and whimpers until a cat or a squirrel or a jay or some teenagers or a dog goes by. 

Finnegan at 15 months

Finnegan at 15 months

That Cloud

Carson Ellis lives on an old farm in Tualatin. Her job there is to keep the owls in the barn hayloft comfortable without letting the floor beneath them rot away. 

 

I went out to visit yesterday with the intent of painting a split oak next to the pond. But then I saw the owls. And then I saw the goat in the goat tree. And then I saw this cloud hovering between the water tower and the nut drying house. 

So I'll have to go back sometime.

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Friday, January 20, 2017 Portland, Oregon

There was a protest and march in Portland, Oregon on the evening of the inauguration. I went down with a promise (to myself) I'd make it home early so we could all get ready for Saturday's march.  I built a new, water-proof pocket-notebook and caught an empty #4 out of St Johns.

I could barely hear the speakers over the crowd at the Square. I watched friends and joined the march as far as the Morrison Bridge. I left briefly, but rejoined near Burnside and then left again before the police started hitting the marchers (and passerby) with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. 

Here are the larger drawings copied later from the soggy, little ones.

Portland Resistance

Power Trio with a banner from First 100 Days PDX.   Jodi ,  Tarp ,  Marisa

Power Trio with a banner from First 100 Days PDX.  Jodi, Tarp, Marisa

Bury Capitalism

Bury Capitalism

Perish Oppression 

Perish Oppression 

A young activist at his first protest. He acted as my guide through the march. We peeled off together at the first sign of the police pinball machine (and stuff hitting the back of my hat). His  sign  (unfortunately not shown in color; the color was excellent).

A young activist at his first protest. He acted as my guide through the march. We peeled off together at the first sign of the police pinball machine (and stuff hitting the back of my hat). His sign (unfortunately not shown in color; the color was excellent).

Face-off

Face-off

Make Fascists Afraid Again

Make Fascists Afraid Again

Death (which reminds me, this new single just came out:  O Death )

Death (which reminds me, this new single just came out: O Death)

Mobile pinball flippers, on the truck, ready to roll. 

Mobile pinball flippers, on the truck, ready to roll. 

Waiting for stragglers to catch up and head south after Steel Bridge is closed off by officers. 

Waiting for stragglers to catch up and head south after Steel Bridge is closed off by officers. 

DeVos v. Kaine

Holy Tornado. My love of drawing pictures of Senator Kaine is only exceeded only by how much the idea of anyone in the DeVos family running the Department of Education makes me want to puke supplement chunks and self-help lies. 

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Autodidact

This is how you learn concertina, rocking it back and forth, button to button, until your fingers are familiar with the diatonic surprises and can go more or less straight to the notes when you're ready to start chasing melodies; a beautiful process just so long as you don't have an audience.

Slush-day, no school

Slush-day, no school

Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Swearing-In Ceremony, 6 January 2017

Chloe Eudaly, longtime pilot-light of Portland's creative community and advocate for social justice, disability rights, and housing was sworn-in during a party at City Hall this past Friday. 

Pollyanne Birge and  Joe Sacco  visit just out of my hearing. Pages from Rent Crisis, enlarged, are on display in front of the council chambers.

Pollyanne Birge and Joe Sacco visit just out of my hearing. Pages from Rent Crisis, enlarged, are on display in front of the council chambers.

Caitlin Harris, of the  IPRC , prints the CES Wood quote for visitors to City Hall. 

Caitlin Harris, of the IPRC, prints the CES Wood quote for visitors to City Hall. 

Down in front, a boy spots Chloe moving through the crowd.

Down in front, a boy spots Chloe moving through the crowd.

Brian Johnson, from the  City Archives , documents the ceremony.

Brian Johnson, from the City Archives, documents the ceremony.

French tavern songs by  Bergerette

French tavern songs by Bergerette

2/3 of DJs  Strange Babes  (briefly)

2/3 of DJs Strange Babes (briefly)

Eudaly swears to Albrecht that she has no business conflicts whatsoever.

Eudaly swears to Albrecht that she has no business conflicts whatsoever.

Eudaly surveys the crowd rising up through City Hall. 

Eudaly surveys the crowd rising up through City Hall. 

Much Ado About Nothing

Drawings from a November performance of Much Ado About Nothing by the Portland Playhouse and Metropolitan Learning Center as part of the 2016 Fall Festival of Shakespeare

Don Pedro and Barachio (listening, drinking)

Don Pedro and Barachio (listening, drinking)

Beatrice, who has no patience for certain people, and Leonato

Beatrice, who has no patience for certain people, and Leonato

Señora Antonia

Señora Antonia

Beatrice lays it out for Benedick (again)

Beatrice lays it out for Benedick (again)

Balthasar

Balthasar

Beatrice (secretly) listens to Hero (Lilliana) who, of course, knows.

Beatrice (secretly) listens to Hero (Lilliana) who, of course, knows.

Verges and Dogberry (Trinity)

Verges and Dogberry (Trinity)

Don Pedro gives a cue for the third time.

Don Pedro gives a cue for the third time.

Don John before the fall.

Don John before the fall.

Dogberry (Saffron) hauls in Conrade and declares something or other.   

Dogberry (Saffron) hauls in Conrade and declares something or other.

 

To the school bus stop, October

from the notebook Landscape It Yourself

from the notebook Landscape It Yourself

As my daughters get older and we stop going to playgrounds I draw fewer children . I always assumed it would be this way. But there are still plenty of people to note in passing. Especially those who, like this morning, demonstrate the measures sometimes required to get a child out of the house trauma-free. Often such measures don't feel like trouble or inconvenience: if we grumble then it's 95% facade, just enough to acknowledge their acknowledgment of the above and beyond they're receiving this morning.