I got to Juneau Wednesday night and on Thursday and Friday I shopped, went to the dentist, visited friends, got the taxes done and finally visited the new Alaska State Museum.
On Friday afternoon, I drove to Greuning State Park
where I'd spent 2 weeks in August. It looked quite different in the woods with the bushes bare. There was little snow left, so it was easy walking; snow and ice covered the lake.
Later in the afternoon, I joined the Juneau Plein Rein Painters
for a retreat at the Shrine of St. Therese Lodge
which lasted into Sunday. There were about a dozen artists there much of the time and much plein air painting was done. I love getting together with this group. They are dedicated to plein air painting and always an inspiration.
With lots of layers and foot warmers in my boots, I was able to sit outside and paint for the first time this year.
I worked on this with watercolor on Friday afternoon as the sun was shining on the trees. I should have left it alone, but added gouache the next day in different light.
This was Saturday morning as fog was coming and going.
And this late Saturday. I got too cold to finish it. I might just crop the bottom.
I painted this small one in my Sketchbook Project book from the lodge window on Sunday morning.
I was pretty much exhausted when I got home yesterday... getting up at 4:30 to get on the 7 AM ferry always does me in. I"m still trying to catch up. I missed a couple of days painting everyday, but will get back to it tomorrow.