Tuesday, July 8, 2014


CREEK STREET in Ketchikan, Alaska
I recently spent 2 weeks on a trip up the Inside Passage from Vancouver, BC to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in South Central Alaska, my former home. The Great Alaska Plein Air Retreat, took place on a cruise ship, featuring reknowned artists Catherine Gill, Daniel Keys and Michelle Dunaway, and guest instructors Larry Seiler, Jennifer Bowman and Sandra Strohschein. It was organized by the Painted Ladies, a small group of women artists I have had the pleasure of being a part of (off and on) since it's inception. Along with about 60 other people, we spent 8 days painting on a big boat, hopping off at stops to paint, commandeering arbitrary passengers for live models to paint, watching world class artists paint, learning from influential teachers and inspirational sponsors who paint, and basically eating, sleeping, dreaming, and usually wearing paint. It was a great trip. I made lots of new friends. I grew closer to old ones. And I learned a lot.

Here is my painting of Creek Street on a rainy, windy, 6 hour layover at port in Ketchikan, Alaska. The houses and shops of this historical red light district were all built on stilts so that the ebbing and flowing of the tides wouldn't move them from their purpose. They remind me of the Painted Ladies; colorful, individual, a beautiful patchwork of creative energy and talent, all perched on the precipice of fame and fortune.
Or perhaps in my case, sliding into the slough of mediocrity.

9" x 12" / Oil on Museum Quality Canvas Panel
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