We praise you, Lord, for all your glorious power.
With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.
Psalm 21:13 NLT
When I was preparing for the 2013 Mother's Weekend art festival on the Oregon State campus, I needed to choose a picture to be working on at the show. Mary has been encouraging me for years to draw the Memorial Union and other campus buildings. (She says she needs a drawing to frame with her diploma!) I decided to start with Benton Hall.
Being the original classroom building on campus, Benton Hall has become quite iconic; but, I wanted a different view. I tried several camera shots and especially liked the one through the flowering cherry blossoms. Drawing so many blooms so close together was my challenge on this piece.
It seemed fitting to draw Benton Hall first for what I hope to be a series of OSU buildings. This one dates back to 1889 and, in addition to classrooms, it has also housed a number of offices (including that of the president), laboratories, and the first library on campus. Benton Hall has been home to the music department since the mid-1920s.