Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Putting On The Foil


I visited my brother, Keith, at his place in Portland for a Halloween party on Saturday. We dressed up as two of the Hanson Brothers from the movie Slapshot.

Early Morning In The Natural Area Preserve

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bryan Leonard



Bryan is from Chicago, IL. He's one of 9 children. Before joining Americore, Bryan was a shipping supervisor for a personalized gift company. After he has completed his term of service here, Bryan plans to return to his old job in Chicago.
I've been working with Bryan on the PCT all summer long. He's got the longest beard of anyone on our crew.

Our season Comes To An End


As we wrap things up here in Trout Lake Washington, I begin to ponder upon a trip to South America, traveling with my paints and the ukulele I recently acquired.


Mt. Adams blanketed in snow, and the leaves hang on for one more week.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Illustration Friday topic: Grow

Last winter I was a bicycle security officer for an insurance company in downtown Portland. The nature of the job provided many opportunities for drawing. Here are a few pages from my sketchbook of the time.



Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Day Off



ROBERT SHANE KMETZ
Shane drove trucks for a living before joining Americore. After his term of service here is complete, he plans to take a road trip to deliver his sister's car to her home in Boston, MA. He aims to apply for the Forest Service. Starting out as a Firefighter.
I've been planting wetland shrubs with Shane over the last week. He was playing the video game Halo while I painted this portrait.




Set out on a run first thing this morning, as we were given the day off. I was reminded that I have been planning to paint this barn ever since the leaves began to change color. Went back out on bike to paint it this afternoon.
A month ago, mushrooms and huckleberries were being sold out of the front.
Before completing the painting, rain drops began to fall, so I biked down to Heavenly Grounds, the local coffee shop, to finish it up.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007



We're currently working down at the mouth of the Klickitat River, on the Columbia, restoring a floodplain which has been damaged by past agriculture.



Sunset over the Columbia, as seen from the Bonnevile Dam




And a meadow up in the Indian Heaven Wilderness.

Stumbling Through the Woods

As the ground dampens under grey skies, we sometimes lose focus.






Sunday, October 7, 2007

Around the Bridge of the Gods

This weekend we've been working on either side of the Bridge of the Gods, which stretches across the Columbia river, from Oregon to Washington.

Thursday, October 4, 2007



Because our crew has reached our 900 hour quota for the season, we now have a post we take turns comanding by the name of F.L.S.( feel like shit). The individual commanding the F.L.S. post is to stay home for the day, and cook dinner. This being my day to fill the post, I decided to hike up Wind Mountain, to look for imagery for the mural our crew is suposed to execute in the city of White Salmon. I was a bit late in prepairing dinner, but only had to stick some frozen pizzas in the oven, and make a salad.





On the way up, I caught a glimps of a rainbow.




These paintings are all quite small.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007



Working under rain and snow. Seasons change. Relationships change. Staying inside when I can.
My crew is worn out, but this crazy job is nearing it's end. And Holidays are around the corner.
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