Thursday, February 2, 2012

Palouse Road

Palouse Road. ©2012 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 36" x 50".
I always have a painting of a road in progress in my studio. Now that this one is done, I'll be starting another one soon.

This is the Palouse, an area of rolling hills in southeastern Washington. My cousin's wheat farm in Connell is on the very edge of the Palouse; the rolling hills are at their most distinct just north of Walla Walla. The soils are very productive for wheat and wine grapes and the patterns those crops create on the landscape add to the feeling that the entire world is rolling.