On my way to Juneau on the ferry, LeConte.  I painted this while stopped in Hoonah.



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 My two favorite trees at the beach, and several smaller ones that are becoming more noticeable.  There is much concern that we will lose the open upper beach meadows if the new  little spruce aren't eliminated.   The land here is rising due to post-glacial rebound (also called either isostatic rebound or crustal rebound)   which is the rise of land masses that were depressed by the huge weight of ice sheets during the last glaciel period, through a process known as isostatic depression.  What use to be beach and tidelands is now high and dry.  Here is an interesting article about the phenomenon in our area.



Dreary rainy day.  The snow is melting.  A little bit of color in my window..... spider plant, hoya and jade plant.  Drawn with Micron and painted with watercolor and gouache on NIdeggen paper



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Looking  out the window again. The spruce in the middle had an eagles next in it which we watched for years.  Then one year the pair didn't come back in the spring.  But there was a new nest in another part of town and I hope it was them.



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Heavy snow again today.


Sketchbook Project


I recently read about the Sketchbook Project which you can read about here.  I immediately ordered a blank sketchbook to fill  and this is my second page.... a little spruce and hemlock with snow.  The paper is quite light weight and not really suitable for watercolor.  I drew with a .01 black Micron, painted the snow with watercolor, and added the yellow background with a colored pencil.

It is OK to rebind with different paper which I have decided to do.  I will have to fill the book and put it in the mail by April 30 and will do most of my daily postcards in it until it is full.



I pulled out an assortment of paper from when I did intaglio printing to see how they will do with watercolor.  This was done of Arches Cover.  It is more absorbent than watercolor paper; I could work longer wet in wet.  I'll keep working with it.



 More willow and spruce, these on a frosty day, which wasn't today.



This time I painted on a smooth paper



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This is pretty much the same section of the view from the kitchen that I painted yesterday.  This was from a photo that I took yesterday at about 4 PM.  I really struggle with the willow trees.  I was about to toss this one then got my gouache paints out and made some improvement.  I might try the same view again tomorrow.



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I painted this at about 9 this morning from the kitchen window.   Another gorgeous day.


March 3 2018

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  Beach trees again.  I parked on the driveway to the tanks and painted these in the distance with Excursion Ridge behind them, about 12:30.  It was 8 degrees this morning, but I was so warm in the car this afternoon sitting in the sun that I had to open the window.