8x10 Oil $175 It will soon become apparent to frequent readers of this blog that I am totally enthralled with the Columbia River Gorge. From the moist western end to the dry desert climate in the east, there's enough painting material to last a lifetime. This painting was done in the transition zone, from desert to moisture - lots of it. During May this area is a profusion of wildflowers.This little oil was my first attempt at alla prima painting - all in one sitting. It was also the first time I used a painting knife. I must have done something right; the painting won third place in a Portland area competition.