8" x 10" Oil on RayMar Canvas
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I’m pretty excited. We left Juneau this afternoon and I’m sitting here right now in our cabin (which is in front of the ship and has a 180 degree view) as I type this blog while looking beautiful scenery and stark white and green ice flows pass as the ship makes its way up a fjord toward the Sawyer Glacier. When we started the ice flows were small and not dangerous, but they are exciting and sort of signify Alaska to me more than anything. As we near the Sawyer Glacier, Gastone and I are delightedly pointing to one spectacular scene after another. Tyler is watching with a group of kids from above… (in the cold.) Today was terrific! We all slept in and took our time leaving the ship. Gastone haggled with one of the tour guys out on the dock (something he LOVES doing) and off we went on a van adventure up to the Mendenhall glacier! Instead of the grey wet gloom we’ve been experiencing since we left Seattle, we actually had a somewhat clear day. There was COLOR! We saw some beautiful areas and the guide was very informative and entertaining. I took a ton of pictures.
While we were in Ketchikan yesterday, we had seen salmon starting up the river in thick schools jumping and climbing over one another. Today was a starker and sadder sight… these were the salmon which had already spawned and morphed into something that didn’t seem like the fish I “know” as a salmon. These creatures were struggling along a rocky stream… I cannot imagine how …and were dying because the tide was out. We saw quite a few bald eagles fly right by. The birds and local cats were having a feast.
When we got back to the ship we ate outside (It wasn’t raining today.) and then I painted while Tyler played with his friends and Gastone snoozed. What could be more satisfying?
I am still enjoying learning about these water based oils. I am so pleased that I brought them as they feel good as I paint, they mix well and they are just a dream to clean up! I painted one of the many streams between Juneau and the glacier. There is an almost constant cloud cover, but today it was more a layer of mist than anything else. I had such fun trying to capture this scene… playing with the creamy new paint.
Summer is over in Alaska. The trees are turning and we may have had one of the few last days of “warm” weather. Juneau got up to 57 degrees while we were there! Quite a change from the 112 I left behind in LA!
Enjoy what is left of your summer.
|Sawyer Glacier from our room|