Thursday, March 5, 2009

Train Passes Hot Lake

Oil on canvas 9"x6" $95 plus $6 shipping
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I had an enjoyable time in the studio yesterday working both my large and small painting.
It's fun to do it that way. When I get frustrated with one I work the other.

Todays daily reminds me of the train rolling past Hot Lake. For those of you that
do not know Hot Lake, it is a small lake that maintains a temperature of 186 degrees.
It is about 10 miles from where I live. The local Indian tribes came to enjoy the springs at the lake.
They considered it a healing place and all discontent between the tribes were put aside
when they came here.

A Dr. Phys eventually opened a healing spa that is rumored to have been one of the most
desirable in the country at the time. At that point in time the train stopped at the spa and let
passengers off. Now the train no longer stops there, in fact there are no passenger trains
going through the Grande Ronde Valley. Now the old spa is owned by an sculptor.
I believe he has a foundry there.

The train does still roll through. My friends camp at the RV park there and the kids
put coins on the tracks for the train to flatten.


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

This is quite a beauty! The black (to me) looks rather like a print...beautiful and strong like a train.

Katherine said...

Thank you Blue Sky Dreaming. Associations are so funny. I wrote todays blog thinking how funny this whole story comes from a little 9x6 inch painting that others will look at and see something completely different!

Sylvie Van Hulle said...

This is a brilliant painting!
I work on different paintings in the same time too. It's like you say, when you're stuck with the one, you can go further on the other.

Katherine said...

Thank you Sylvi, that is music to my ears. How is your show looking?

Dogs by Bri said...

Love this one and the story that goes with it.

Hope to see you Friday night at the art shows.


Katherine said...

Brian thanks for visiting, nice to hear from you. Going to Baker tonight depends on a couple of things so we may or not make it. I hope your show looks incredible and you sell, sell, sell!