The Bloedel Reserve

The Bloedel Reserve

The Bloedel Reserve is an 175 acre parklike setting. i previously did a pastel of another beautiful area in the reserve, but love the view of the Beach Cottage built in 1928 for Collins family in the style of 18th century French Country style. She named it Collinswood, and the family vacationed there when Bainbridge had very few roads and most people arrived by boat.

It has a rich history that can be viewed at http://www.bloedelreserve.org

The Bloedel Reserve

Bring your red umbrella and visit the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

Bring your red umbrella and visit the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

I used to live right next door to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. It is 175 acres of lush gardens. My three sons used to slip under the fence and go exploring. They once shared their secret place with me and we all climbed the bank by the water to go see their favorite meadow. It was magically beautiful and a memory I shall always cherish. This is not that meadow, but it is a beautiful one just as you enter the reserve.

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Lakeside

Lakeside

Can’t you just imagine relaxing in a boat, looking back at the shore? I see a scene from “On Golden Pond” where they do not fun into the rocks, if you remember the movie. The days of Fall are very beautiful in the Pacific Northwest.

Using a Palette knife is very freeing, scraping on paint and then scraping it, moving it and just having fun with it can give you a very natural painting.

Lakeside

The Pond at the Bloedel Reserve

The Pond at the Bloedel Reserve

Back to the class taken yesterday and today with Casey Klahn. Here is the question. Should you take classes from someone with whom you respect their art for they are an award winning artist, but you do not agree with their philosophy or style?

That is a question I had to ask myself after this last weekend. How do you feel about the critique from someone whose view on the art world is no where near the same as yours. Is art education and knowledge a plus or a minus.

There is SO much information available that one can tune to meet their personal need, do you agree because it is easier or do speak up for you disagree?

When I was teaching at The Art Institute of Seattle, I would tell my students that anything written in a book is only one persons opinion, it is not always fact and certainly not written in stone. People tend to believe anything that is written, but that does not make it the truth.

We are all a combination of what we read, what we feel and what we think we know.

These are both pastels from todays class.  It was a “learning” experience.

The Pond at the Bloedel Reserve