So little outdoor time with my watercolors this past summer.... I more often took my oil paints, though more times than not, what I painted got scraped off. The fireweed were amazing this summer and this is one of several paintings I did of them. An oil painting, done on the same day is on my other blog, here.
A writer friend, Fran Kelso has written an post about me on her blog. Click here for a link to the article.
I had a most wonderful trip last week into Glacier Bay on a beautiful ship called the Sea Wolf.... kayaking, hiking, great crew and fellow passengers, and gourmet meals. Everyone should be so lucky. You can check out their website by clicking here.http://www.seawolfadventures.net/
Of course, I took my watercolors and did several watercolor postcards and sketches.
It has been an earlier than usual spring with lots of lovely days. This past week I've gone to the beach a few days and have worked on a couple of oil paintings and these little watercolors, all looking the same way, west towards the Salmon River. Garden work has started, but today is raining and so a good day to put some things for all to see.
When I returned to Alaska last month, I stayed a weekend in Juneau to join the Plein Rein painters at a retreat out the road in the Jubilee cabin at the Shrine of St. Therese. I did several paintings and drawings, enjoyed being around other artists and ate lots and lots of good food.
I'm home from my travels with several new little watercolors in a little sketch book that a friend gave me just before I left home. Above is the first painting that I did in it. I did it from the ferry just before we left Gustavus for Juneau on the first leg of our trip to Florida.
Above is a scan of the book. My friend purchased it at Uwajimaya, a large Japanese store in Seattle. I like the paper a lot. It is more forgiving than most of the watercolor papers I use. it measures about 6x7.5 inches.
I'm here in Florida for a while. I must admit to not keeping to my intentions to paint 29 little paintings in February, but I did do about 20. I got too busy getting ready to leave home and we spent a couple of days in Juneau which were also busy. Then there was jet lag. In the last few days, I have done a few sketches and little paintings and yesterday took some photos of them. I was going to post here, but discovered I didn't bring the cord to put them on my laptop. And there is no scanner. Darn it!
What I did just do, which I'd been meaning to do for a long time, is post on my other blog about some books that I have had paintings and drawings included it. You might like to take a look, here.
This is a little painting that I did in my sketch book on Spruce Island, near Kodiak, in 2014, and is on the back cover of Fran Kelso's book Alaska Attitudes.
Unless I come into contact with a scanner, I'll be back here after I get home in a couple of weeks.
I've gotten a bit behind in posting here, along with a few other things. Above is what I painted yesterday and below what I painted on Friday, both from the same spot, sitting in my car near the dock. They are both in a sketch book that I just started using that I bought in England containing what I think is called cartridge paper. These were done much more quickly than others this month.... drawing first with pen and ink gave definition that would have taken more time with just watercolor, and things really dried fast and I didn't have to wait to add more color..... using watercolor paper in this wet and cold environment, I almost always have 2 things going at once. The bottom one was done in about a half hour. The second one longer, as I worked more on the trees with ink.
Yesterday, I went to my friend Kathy's house up the Salmon River and did this gouache painting on an underpainting of cool red. I enjoyed the process very much. The sun was coming and going again which caused some problems.
about 5.5x6 inches
Today was another dreary day of rain and I didn't leave the house. I did this looking out the west window of my living room. No problem with the sun coming and going, but towards the end of painting, it started getting dark and so did the painting. I overworked it to death, but it never got finished.
I painted at my neighbor, Aimee's house yesterday afternoon and this morning. The first one I finished yesterday when there was some fresh snow on the ground, looking across the river towards the beach with Pleasant Island beyond.
about 4x6 inches
This one I finished this morning. Lots of green on the ground.... moss mostly, maybe some kinickinick. The knob on Pleasant Island isn't right..... too flat on top. I'll change it tomorrow.