Air B&Bs offer views and opportunities to paint in spaces you’d otherwise feel weird about treading upon. This one came out after many bodyslams and tears.
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. 🙂
So few opportunities to paint in the dry climates of the Northwest. If you ever get a chance, do it. The light and flora is so different you’ll find so much to learn. Wished I’d had another crack at it but something tells me we’ll be back around Bend, Oregon soon enough.
I was using an Arches Rough watercolor paper for this study on a ranch in Redmond, Oregon. I thought it’d work well to make the scene a little more rustic than it already was. While the paper performed well it still took some getting used to. Seemed drier, but that could also be the climate zone I was in, too.
It was a bear to get all the value changes in the spokes and the value difference between the background which was in full sun and the foreground in dappled light. Sometimes the light felt like a cold blue, sometimes a cool lemon.