Fall Colors: Plein Air Watercolor Painting, Indian Ford Meadow Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kathleen Riopelle for plein air watercolors at scenic Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. Get your creative juices flowing as you create plein air paintings to celebrate the color, strength, and movement of the meadow in fall. Learn how to use watercolors responsibly in the outdoors as well as basic tips and techniques for plein air watercolors. We will supply watercolor paints, water containers, a palette, a variety of brushes, and backing boards. You bring water--both for painting and for drinking--and something to sit on. Participants should have some experience with watercolors; experienced artists and creatives can use this opportunity to gain new perspectives. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an easy ~1 mile hike on dirt and gravel trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the Indian Ford Meadow Preserve kiosk and will explore gravel and dirt trails in the area. Terrain may be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water (for you to drink and for painting), closed toe shoes, chair. Paper, watercolor paints, pencils, and one brush will be provided. Bring additional materials (easel, larger paper, brushes, pens, crayons, etc.) as desired. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Indian Ford Meadow was donated to the Deschutes Land Trust in 1996 by a local landowner to protect its dramatic scenic views and important wildlife habitat. Bisected by Indian Ford Creek, this picturesque 63 acre meadow near Sisters contains a unique diversity of ecosystems ranging from wetlands to pine forest. The Preserve also serves as a migratory corridor for mule deer and a breeding ground for migratory songbirds.