If you have followed this blog you have heard about my challenges with one particular painting...the one where Mt. Hood looms above the valley. I have taken so many shots of the mountain from the eastern side (from Hood River)...and each time have tried to capture its light without having one of those cheesy postcard images. I have then let it sit...and have come back and sanded down the piece. I started again this weekend...by now the surface of the linen board is like a 3xs primed canvas...there is no trace of the linen warp and weft, but rather a slick oiled surface...actually quite rich. Well, at last I think I am satisfied...this view of the orchard in semi-darkness with the last bit of light on the mountain is the effect I wanted. But who knows...maybe I will go after it with the sander in a few days. All I can say about this one is that it definitely is thick and juicy...in tribute to Kevin McPherson.