Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Towards Bow

Towards Bow. ©2013 Lisa McShane. Oil on Canvas. 30"x30".
Winter in the northwest. This is the view to the west in Skagit. I don't know why, but the sky under the clouds is often yellow (when we can catch a glimpse.)


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Selah Canyon 1

Selah Canyon 1. ©2013 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 16x20".
This is one of my favorite places in eastern Washington. It's a deeply carved canyon with a small, mostly dry creek at the bottom. Selah Creek. It originates in the Yakima Firing Range and heads west to join the Yakima River. Eventually those waters flow to the Columbia and the Pacific Ocean.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Toward the Islands

Toward the Islands. ©2013 Lisa McShane. Oil on Linen. 22x30"
There's a beach not far from my house that's extremely contaminated. It's fenced off so that people don't walk their dogs but there's a small area where you can sit on logs and look out. I like to walk down there and look at the water. Towards sunset a small and varied army of watchers gathers to see what the sky and water will do.

This is a painting I started nearly a year ago and struggled to finish. Most recently, the water didn't convey what I wanted. Yesterday I rode a ferry out to a nearby island and watched the water carefully, telling a friend what I was seeing. This morning I was able to complete the painting.