This drawing was one of two that I did during the December plein air event in Scappoose, Painting to Save the Trees. Sarah Lamberson was the pioneer wife who moved here with her husband in the 1830s. They were among, if not the first, non-Native Americans to occupy this land. They came via the Oregon Trail. The Scappoose Historical Society is compiling a history of the Lamberson family. They had quite a life. Sarah died at age 48 and is buried on the property alongside two infant sons. Their grave markers are barely visible among the four oak trees in the distant right of my drawing.
The purpose for the painting event was to draw attention to the old trees. The land went through many ownership changes and is now for sale. If and when that happens, the trees could be lost to development. The land is also quite historic as it is the last large tract of land in the area that was used by native peoples as a gathering and trading site. According to records (2nd hand info to me), the Scappoose area, prior to White settlement, had the largest concentration of Native Americans (several tribes) in the entire Americas.
I am reminded of the sparse, yet spectacular red poopies that are sprinkled along the roads and farm paths in Germany.
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Classes are taught through Portland Community College (PCC) Community Education
April 16 – May 21, 2019 — Watercolor Postcards
Please join us!. I will share simple drawing and watercolor tips to get you creating postcards of your journey, whether it’s around town or around the world. Drawing skill is not necessary.
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Drawings @ Elisabeth Jones Art Center, thru May 30