McMenamins St. Francis Interiors 2017 — photo 14 of 62: “You Are Here” by McMenamins artist Olivia Behm is one of many works of art gracing the walls of their Old St. Francis School in downtown Bend, Oregon. May 2017. About this painting Olivia wrote:
Over the years I have painted, among other things, many ‘orbs’ (decorative steel balls attached to railings and fences atop wood or metal posts) — big ones, small ones, some plain, some fancy. Artist and plumber Jeff Allen used his artistic talents to assemble this one atop a pole, to which he welded pieces of steel with directional signs, lettered by me. It stands just inside the entry to the McMenamins Edgefield hotel property in Troutdale, Oregon.Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
I decorated the orb and the smaller “satellite orbs” in the comfort of my studio. Once it was welded in place, ten feet off the ground, I was asked to repaint the background with a color that would show up better against the trees. This meant rounding up an eight-foot-tall orchard latter and climbing up and down to move it around the whole assemblage.
I am somewhat famous for my fear of heights, yet regularly find myself painting higher off the ground that I am comfortable with. How I would have loved having the “helping hands” I’ve depicted here!
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article My Pilgrimage to McMenamins St. Francis.