Watercolors and Tides
The past few days here in the Pacific NW have been rainy, cold, and now windy. A bit disappointing for spring, but I’ve been keeping busy in my studio- which on Saturday, I’ll be leaving when I move back to Seattle. While I will miss the island, I am looking forward to being more accessible to my friends and will continue to paint on the mainland. I’m developing a series of larger scale watercolors (14” x 20” and 18” x 24”) that are great fun. Right now my images are all from the North Cascades, but I am planning another polar series of watercolors as well an Alaskan collection. It’s hard for me to choose what medium to concentrate on, sometimes. I enjoy oils, watercolors, as well as pen and ink. Watercolors may be my favorite for a number of reasons including their spontaneous quality, non-toxic properties, and generally feeling more environmentally friendly than oil points. For now, though, I plan to keep approaching my subjects with different mediums and to keep exploring their possibilities.
On another note, now that we are getting close to the summer solstice, there are some extreme high and low tides. It’s a great time to go tide-pooling! (I especially enjoyed seeing orange and blue sea stars.) I took two photos yesterday of the water in Fletcher Bay. The amount of water that moves amazes me.
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