Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Waterfall Bay, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska

5" x 7" oil on canvas on board
$100.00 + $10.00 s/h

My husband, our son, and I just got back from an incredible 15 day trip to SE Alaska.  Most of the time was spent on, or near, Prince of Wales Island. We flew from Denver to Seattle to Ketchican, where we overnighted to wait for the once a day 3 hour ferry to POW Island. We spent one week on a 55 foot boat meandering in and out of islands, bays, the ocean, exploring nooks and crannies and having an adventure of a lifetime.  This painting was done on the back of the boat, under a roof, in a drizzle.  I have never seen so many greens and grays!  About half of our trip was overcast or rainy, but it gave for great color studies!

I have never painted from a boat before.  I have never painted in a raincoat or in Extratuff rain boots!  But, you do, what you gotta do!

This is pretty much what I wore everyday.  Fleecs and rain gear.  One day we went beach combing and created beach still lifes.

While I was away, I became a part of a new daily painting group, Daily Painter Originals.  If you have not already done so, please check us out, and sign up to be a follower.  We will be showcasing 24 daily painters.  Our mission is to create fine art that is accessible and affordable.  I am thrilled to be a part of this group!


Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, great painting, welcome home, and congratulations, all at once. Sounds like a fantastic trip,looking forward to hearing more! Also huge congratulations for joining the Daily Painter blog!!! Wonderful news!

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Wow you are so inspirational. You are more flexible than I am. I just take pics on my trips and come home and try to remember the special colors and moods. A huge congrats on the Original Daily Painters! You and Kelley and Carol and Gwen and Kerri and Dana. Already subscribed. Big things await you all!

Karen Bruson said...

Welcome back! Glad you had such a positive, adventuresome trip.
Congrats on Originals web site.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

How cool!! What a neat adventure for your family pam.

Celeste Bergin said...

great overcast sky and greens..! It is great that you painted on your frien "Kvan" does that all the time too. She is on a 4 month boat trip to Alaska. You two are soul sistahs!

AutumnLeaves said...

Pam, I think this is my favorite of all of your pieces. The color palette and overall tone of the piece is just so soothing to me. You've handled the reflective water surface beautifully! This trip sounds like one I would absolutely love!

Becky Joy said...

Glad to have you in the group. Sounds like a wonderful trip. Being originally from the Northwest I'm familiar with those greens and grays. You learn to see subtle color and temperature changes. Looking forward to seeing more of your trip.

Pam Holnback said...

Nancy, Thank you. Yes, the trip was fantastic! And, you will see more!

Thank you Debbi, Sometimes I only take photos and sometimes i paint. Depends on our activities and what the others are doing.

Karen, Thank you. I did have an adventure!

Thank you Diane, It is great to have family time.

Thanks Celeste, I wil check out Kvan's site.

Sherry, Thank you. A great thing about travel is that it gets you to see different colors and use a different palette!

Thank you Becky, I am glad we've got this group going! And, yes, seeing the subtle color differences of all the grays and greens!!

Amy Hillenbrand said...

Now that is dedication. I am very impressed Pam. Sounds like an adventure you will remember. Love the pic of you on the beach.

Jan Yates, SCA said...

This is so 'pure' painterly and atmouspheric. Puts me in mind of Emily Carr's early plein air works... I do hope you check out Katherine's link posted by Celeste..

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Way to go, Pam! Painting on the boat is never easy, but you did it and did it well!

Thanks for checking out my blog, too. I hope to post more from Alaska.

I agree with you, the grays and greens are subtle and difficult but so worth the effort, don't you think? You did a bang up job! Excellent! Kvan

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Pam I really love this painting! Wonderful hues. Your trip sounds fantastic. Hope my husband & I can do that one day.