I’m visiting a stunning home in West Linn, OR with some super talented folks – friends of a dear screenwriter friend in Portland. This morning I played with pastels in their barn/art studio with one of their daughters. We listened to Sarah Mclachlan as she dove into the color lessons and some photographic memory exercises. She’s a realist/character painter — she enjoyed slopping around in the large world of color. Our manicures took on a whole new surface-powdered style. This is the pastel I painted of their home. We see horses, llama’s, dogs, sky and a landscape of charming homes on hills. I feel as though I’m could as easily be in Greece. So much to paint. So little time. Luckily, she and I are painting in the barn again tomorrow. We’ll focus on creating backgrounds for watercolor. I can’t wait.