Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tongass National Forest

5" x 7" oil on canvas on board
$100.00 + $10. s/h


A good part of our second week in Alaska was spent exploring the interior of Prince of Wales Island (the third largest island in the US.)  Being avid fisherman, my husband and son wanted to try their luck on some of the rivers and streams.  This is Staney Creek in the Tongass National Forest.


Here's another Sitka Black-tailed fawn playing dead.  We were driving through the National Forest when a doe and twins jumped out of the trees.  This one got separated from her family, so she just laid down until we drove away.

16 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Pam, I just love these Alaska paintings you are doing; I think they are my absolute favorites. There is a sense of the untamed in each of them, giving rise to the overall sense of wild uncharted lands that I always envision when thinking of Alaska. Beautiful work, all of them. I find myself feeling so sorry for the little baby deers...

Carol DeMumbrum said...

I love this little painting. You did a great job keeping it loose. I often have trouble getting caught up in too much detail. Beautiful!!

Linda Popple said...

Your brush strokes and colors are just lovely. The simplicity of your painting just draws me in.

I like your Alaska photos. Beautiful land and wildlife. Isn't it amazing that the young deer learn to play dead to keep predators at length? Mother Nature seems to know what she is doing! :-)

Dana Cooper said...

Lovely work Pam, the composition really pulls you in to the piece.
Who knew a deer plays 'possum?

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Your Alaska series is so inviting. Love the muted tones and cool, refreshing feeling seems to impact the air I breath. Love following your travels with you.

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This is fantastic, Pam - I am loving this series from Alaska. This little fawn is so cute, and so smart!

Pam Holnback said...

Sherry, Thank you. Untamed in truly a great word for Alaska. I had never seen so much wilderness. The fawns seem to survive.

Carol, Thanks. When you're standing on a bridge w/ a mosquito net on your head, you don't worry about detail!

Thank you Linda, Plein air pieces force me to be quick and simple. Then I can do more detailed in the studio if I take them that far.

Dana, Thanks. I, too, was surprised to see these little fawns in their protective antics!

Thank you Debbi as always for your constant support and good words.

Claire, Thank you. I'm so lucky that painting and fishing go hand in hand.

martinealison said...

Très jolie peinture reflétant l'Alaska et la fraîcheur de l'eau se traduit parfaitement sur votre toile.

Gwen Bell said...

I am really enjoying all of these paintings from your trip. You've done such a great job of capturing the scene!

That little fawn really touches my heart...laying like that in the road. Sweet little thing! I had no idea that they did this. Thanks so much for a secret glimpse of nature.

LindaHunt said...

You really caught the rugged quality in this landscape. I can just feel the remote land of the Alaskan wilderness!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

A very northern looking scene and really stood out on my blog list. Great values and color scheme!

Celeste Bergin said...

Stanley Creek is a pretty place--nice painting...you captured the day!
Hope the little Bambi will be all right. I had a little china figurine (from Russia) just like that as close to flat as she could get. It is such a touching pose.

Dusty Pines said...

you have such energy in your brushstrokes! lovely painting - thank you!

Pam Holnback said...

Martinealison, Merci beaucoup!

Thank you Gwen, I, too, had no idea a fawn did this. And plein air painting is sharing nature. I guess that's why it appeals to me.

Linda, Thank you. I like your word "rugged". It is a great description for Alaska.

Thank you Catherine, I really had to rethink my colors and values on this trip!

Celeste, I hope the fawn was ok, too. I think nature takes care of itself. But, I'll tell you, there were 1000s of deer there!

Dusty, And thank you to you for your visit.

Dayna Talbot said...

Pam...These paintings are lovely! The you kept the brushwork so loose...
I find this so difficult when I work small, you nailed it !!!!

ketchikanalaskafishing said...

I must say that Alaska do have wide variety of wild-life animals.

Pictures of Alaska