Friday, October 10, 2014

Alaska

We went on an Alaskan cruise over 10 years ago.  I dug up our old pictures to find some fresh painting inspiration.



We took the cruise during the last week of May, late Spring (or maybe that's more mid-Spring for Alaska).  It was a one week cruise on Holland America.  I'm normally a beach vacation person, but I have to say, this trip was a trip of a lifetime.  If you want to fall in love with creation, go to Alaska.



We sprung for a cabin with a balcony, and it was totally worth it.  We spent a lot of time drinking coffee from the special coffee bar out on our balcony, watching the amazing scenery go by.



Among the breathtaking things we saw were glaciers calving.  When a chunk of glacier falls off and slides into the water, it sounds like thunder.  Absolutely awe inspiring.



Another favorite: whales.  So many whales.  Pods of killer wales.  Humpback wales breaching and blowing.  Their size is a bit alarming up close.



Here's my big old mountain painting I just did.    I ran out of canvases, so I painted over an old "paint and drink" painting. Just to get the old painting covered up quickly, I painted really fast with a big brush.  Then when I started my second pass to do detail, I decided I liked it all blocky. Done!
16" x 20" x 0.5" acrylic on canvas

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