Mid September I participated in the 2017 Plein Air Paint Out in Bellingham, WA. It was hosted by the viviacious, vibrant artist, Trish Harding. I believe there were around 15 artists. It was a two day event, I painted for both mornings but family commitments had me headed home by noon or so. I painted Five paintings total, but only two made the cut. The PAPO show will open First Friday in October. If you are in the area, come on by! More info soon, here and on FB.
This being my first Bellingham paint out, I was drawn to the cool Rocket outside of the local Rocket Donut Shop. Great donuts, btw. Apparently EVERYONE has painted this rocket. Seriously, how could I resist?
We were encouraged to paint anything along Holly Street, a main commercial street in Bellingham, with charming shops and older buildings. This graffiti was on the side wall of a frame shop, surrounded by weeds and neglect. In order to paint it I stood in a small strip of wild sweet peas and most likely a lot of dog poop. The things we do for an interesting image. “Clepto”‘s graffiti is not uncommon – you can look him/her up on google. I liked the contrast of the brick, chipped paint and the smooth funky writing.
I love the common name of this moth. Oleander reminds me of a Southern ghost story, of a servant slave girl who tried to come back to favor to her owners by baking a cake for the children (and their mother). She added oleander leaves into the cake mix to make them sick so that she could nurse them back to health, but tragically added too much, and poisoned them instead. The ghost of the servant girl, and the children, are said to haunt the plantation.