In two weeks we say goodbye to Bend, Oregon and point our car due east, Maine-ward. It's been just ten short months but we came, we saw, and we adventured. Boy-oh-boy did we adventure -- and boy-oh-boy do I have a lot of paintings to make so you can see all about it!
In the meantime, enjoy these few small glimpses at the beauty we've experienced here in Central Oregon. Pictured: Alder Springs, the McKenzie River, Waldo Lake, Steens Mountain, the Little North Fork of the Santiam River, Bend's whitewater park, Smith Rock State Park, Devil's Lake, the Blue Pool, Farewell Bend Park, fishing the Deschutes River, Opal Pool, the Metolius River, Steelhead Falls, Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Smith Rock again, and Farewell Bend Park.
Farewell, Bend. For now...
After driving 4,200 miles from Maine to Oregon via DC, Nashville, and Santa Fe, we finally landed in Bend just before Christmas. We're settled and we're loving it! I have a small studio setup and got back into the swing of things last week. The first painting I made here was a small portrait of friend Joy during a hike along the Deschutes River. Jonathan and I plan to hike along more of this river and fish its waters soon; until then I'll happily let my paintbrush keep me connected to the East Outlet and Maine's waters as well! As 2015 comes to a close we're just incredibly grateful for this adventure we're on and can't wait to see what transpires over the next year. Many and belated thanks to all who helped make my November sale -- and as a result this adventure! -- a huge success. You know how you are and you should keep an eye out for a postcard from Bend!