Another plein air sunset painting from our recent trip along Highway 101. This was painted atCape Blanco State Park near the Sixes River. Evening mist was gathering, the sky was changing color rapidly, and Cape Blanco was casting a shadow across the marsh. I like the suggestion of a last bit of warmth on Castle Rock.
Sometimes the Northwest weather is so colorless that everything seems made of charcoal. And then a sliver of sun peeks through late in the day. Just enough to light up the side of the north end ferry at the end of the ferry dock.
Painted on scene at Orick, California. The sun was setting and a mist was rising from Redwood Creek and all the colors were turning pinker and peachier. It was about 6:00 and the sun would set in a hour, so I didn't have time to get picky in choosing a site to paint. I just put my easel down at the first spot. It was exciting to see the colors change as the sun was setting. I thought I put a lot more colors into my painting because of it.
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The ferry dock on the north end of Vashon juts out against narrow strips of beach and high, tree-covered cliffs. The high cliffs shadow the beach and dock, but the sun shines on the ferry. A view painted from photographs I took from the sister ship that travels the same route.
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Another painting of the Vashon-Fauntleroy-Southworth Ferry. Afternoon sun makes the hills dissolve, and turns the white ferry to blue. Painted from photographs I took while on the sister ferry that runs the same route.