Knocked this one out during heavy spring overcasts before the summer sun burnt away all the green grass. As cold as it was I was pretty stoked to try out my new tripod. Weather be damned.
When you can’t run, you hide in plain sight. I used to love running but at some point that didn’t seem to be reciprocated by my aging ankles. At least biking is still an option. So instead, watercolors at 30 paces. Hadn’t done one in awhile. Makes me miss putting that into rotation. Will do more soon.
Earlier this year we had a little excursion up north to Lummi Island. Really, an beautiful little getaway.
Our destination was the WILLOW’S INN restaurant. If you really like food as a form of art, then this is easily one of the most exciting places in the Northwest. We never had a chance to get over to NOMA when it was open but chef Blaine Wetzel was skilled enough to have worked there. And that skill continues to take advantage of the biosphere of the fertile island. With so many inventive approaches to using local grown land and sea items our palettes gave in to a symphony of flavors. After 19 courses I’d never felt better. Usually something like that is just too much. But the careful consideration of quantity and balance of ingredients ensured we weren’t suffering from overindulgence. And the service was impeccable.
Anyway, it’s also some great grounds for painting. 🙂
There’s some tension between the tree and the waterline. With landscape painting it’s your responsibility to make “adjustments” so that the end result shows what the hell you’re doing. Sure, it’s a little bit of editing and curating. But in the end it’ll make for a nice piece and your artist friends won’t give you hell for it.
Otherwise I’m mostly happy with how this turned out. Mostly.