Most of the artists we feature in our ongoing series of extreme painting are on mountains, in rivers, or along rocky ledges. Two Oregon artists found a different challenge to painting the best views.
“As Anton Pavlenko and I searched for painting locations, it was obvious to us that the best vantage point for our urban plein air paintings would be from the traffic island on a street in the Sellwood District of Portland, Oregon,” says Brenda Boylan. “The spot was right in the antique district with lots of interesting architecture, and even though our chosen location seemed part illegal and perhaps a bit dangerous, we decided that the potential of realizing a great painting was worth the risk. I calculated that if we were asked to leave the dividing platform, then, well, at least we tried, right? Well, funny enough, a squad car did pass us by without issuing a citation.” For more information, visit www.brendaboylan.com and http://www.antonpavlenko.com.