Sunday, August 21, 2016

Toward Moab


"Toward Moab", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board

I've been working on our environmental issue night and day and I haven't posted many paintings, though there are still quite a few from the spring and summer painting trips. We have appealed the industrial geoduck farm in Zangle Cove and that is a big legal effort. I'm learning things I never wanted to learn! Our beloved geoducks in the sub-tidal areas of Puget Sound are not only being illegally harvested and smuggled out of the country for top dollar, for the last 10 years we have been dealing with industrial farmed geoducks on our tidelands.

Who would have thought our lovely Puget Sound geoducks (means "dig deep" and pronounced "gooey-duck) would gain such a reputation! I love to go down on the Zangle Cove tideland with bare feet, sinking a foot into the mud and make my way out to the water on a minus 2 tide. The native geoducks just squirt up a storm or hang out (literally) in the mud.

For a true story about all the smuggling cons in the 80's and 90's in Puget Sound, read "Shell Games", by Craig Welsh. And go to our website to get an idea of what we are up against. http://protectzanglecove.org. I have great admiration now for all the people who have been fighting for the environment all these years.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Lake Chelan Storm Day


"Lake Chelan Stormy Day", 9 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board

There is is a mystic about Stehekin--a place so familiar to anyone who has grown up in the Pacific Northwest and yet so far away. No roads lead to Stehekin. There are only a couple of small ferries and for some, a helicopter, to go up a lake that is 53 miles long and goes into the heart of the North Cascades. A trail comes over from Cascade Pass from the west side of the mountains. There are many places I don't particularly remember in my life. But Stehekin is always there.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Gray Day Stehekin



"Gray Day Stehekin", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
It was a gray day on Lake Chelan, but the North Cascades up the valley were still visible. I've hiked up to Cascade Pass from the west side and in my younger years climbed some of the peaks--El Dorado, Sahale, Magic. But I've always wanted to hike up from the Stehekin side--the east side of the mountains.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

High Bridge Downstream


"High Bridge Downstream", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
On this rainy day at High Bridge, several miles up the gravel road from Stehekin at the boundary of the North Cascades National Park, I painted first from one side of the bridge over the Stehekin River and then the other. Its hard to resist a rushing mountain stream.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

High Bridge Upstream


"High Bridge Upstream", 10 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board

The second day at Stehekin we took the old school bus to High Bridge, the last stop and the boundary of the North Cascades National Park. It was a rainy day but then, the Northwest has many rainy days, especially in May. The Stehekin River was a rushing torrent because of all the rain and snow in the mountains this last winter.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

South from Stehekin


"South from Stehekin", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

I journeyed with a group of Plein Air Washington friends to a famous and remote area near the North Cascades National Park--the town of Stehekin at the northern end of Lake Chelan. The four hour boat from Chelan arrives in Stehekin around noon, so we had plenty of time to get out our painting gear and head down the road along the lake from the Stehekin Lodge to paint. This was the second painting, looking south.

Lake Chelan is 50 miles long and is the third deepest lake in the United States according to Wikipedia. But the thing about Stekekin is that there are no roads or highways to the village. You can get in by the boat from Chelan or by hydro-plane. Looking across the lake at the mossy rock cliffs and up the valley to the snow-capped peaks, there is no doubt about it--you are in the interior of the Cascade wilderness

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Canyonlands Sky



"Canyonlands Sky", 10 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

The colors of Utah are so different from the colors of Western Washington. Driving home this evening about 9 pm after sundown, the snow on Mt. Rainier a warm shadow, the clouds a brilliant pink orange, the Nisqually Delta a green from some other lifetime, I thought to myself what a beautiful place to live. It is all part of one system--the Nisqually flowing into Puget Sound originates on the glacier at some 14,000 feet, not so very far away as the crow flies.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Road to Needles



"Road to Needles", 8 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This is another of my paintings from our trip to Utah in April. Painting is not a straight path to mastery and perfection--much of the journey is exploring the wilderness, both literally and metaphorically. These painting done in Utah, in retrospect, were a bit rough hewn, like the land I was painting.

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