Author Archives: Paula Ensign

Oregon Dunes

I was in search of dunes.  There is a large expanse of incredible sand dunes mid-way down the Oregon Coast.  They stretch for more than 40 miles from Florence to south of Reedsport.  I wanted a good vantage point from … Continue reading

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Photo or Drawing?

I found the perfect spot!  The sun was shining, the weather was warm and there was only a slight breeze.  There was even a picnic table so I had a surface on which to draw.  What luxury!  I was happily … Continue reading

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Trying New Subjects

Driving down the coast I came to the little town of Yachats.  As I so often do I took some side roads to see what there is to see.  I was delighted to discover their town park on the water’s … Continue reading

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring…

It’s been raining off and on for a week.   Not only is it impossible to draw in the rain – paper turns to mush – but the landscape becomes downright dreary.  What’s an outdoor artist to do?  People who draw … Continue reading

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Something Fishy

Opening the door of my van, it hit me.  Fish and salt – I must be in a fishing town.  And indeed I was.  I had parked along the dock at Newport’s Bayfront area for a great view of Oregon’s … Continue reading

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Holiday Romance

I’m in love.  And wouldn’t you know it the object of my affection is short, stubby and twisted. Yes,  Pinus Contortas – otherwise known as Shore Pines – has sent me over the edge.  I’m sure you’ve seen them, the … Continue reading

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The Dorymen of Pacific City

I took the Three Capes loop from Tillamook to find wonderful small towns, pleasant beaches and lovely viewpoints.  Pacific City is a special place.  It’s tucked just south of Cape Kiwanda, a sandstone cliff, rising gracefully above the sea.  I … Continue reading

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Three or Four Graces

Some time ago I saw a photo of a rugged sea stack rising out of the mist.  It was haunting and inviting and I determined to find out where it was.  I discovered it is part of a group of … Continue reading

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Cannon Beach

I’m starting my journey at Cannon Beach, the quintessential Oregon coast experience.  I can’t decide which I enjoy more, strolling Hemlock Street dipping in and out of fascinating shops and galleries or exploring the tide pools and beach around Haystack … Continue reading

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Packing for a Trip

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed my favorite drawing materials.  I’m packing for a trip, here’s a list of what I’m bringing along: 8 pigma micron pens, size 005 1 platinum carbon ink pen 2 Stillman & Birn Epsilon … Continue reading

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