We’re on our way to the Plein Air Convention and Art Expo in Tucson, Arizona! We are doing a circle route, visiting some of the most beautiful places to see and paint on our scenic tour of western Canadian and American Parks.
Here is a photo of my new painting "Stream of Life" to spark your enthusiasm! Come along with us and enjoy the ride!
We headed south from Vancouver, B.C. and stayed overnight in Centralia, Washington, just south of Seattle.
Our next stop was in the Canyonville area in southern Oregon – a gorgeous place in the mountains with pretty Jordan Creek behind us – headwaters of the Umpqua River. Away from city lights, the night sky is really dark and the stars are spectacular. We named as many as we knew – which weren’t very many – so we just admired them all!
In the morning, we turned west at Grant’s Pass, leaving the high speed of Interstate-5, behind. We took the Redwood Hwy through a spectacular narrow canyon and winding road, following the stunning green and turquoise colored Smith River, which tumbled and cascaded through the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, in southern Oregon and northern California. The Smith River flows out to Crescent City on the northern California coast.
The lush mountain terrain of the Redwood National Parks, with their incredibly big trees, reminds me of home in the rainforests of beautiful Vancouver Island – only with even bigger trees! My two forest paintings called “Nurturing” and “Stream of Life” will be displayed in Tucson at the Plein Air Convention Art Showcase.
Camping in the middle of nowhere is so quiet; I can hear at least three owls in different locations, hooting to each other in the trees. Amazing!