I just added three new paintings to the Gallery. These are a continuation of the Living Tundra series that began with this larger (16×20) piece:
The three new additions are a series of smaller (8×10) portraits of individual caribou across the seasons:
Caribou never fail to inspire me and I’ve enjoyed painting these three guys with their varied settings. All three are lightly textured and painted on heavy 1.5 inch profile gallery wrapped canvas and are now up for sale in the gallery. I hope you enjoy them.
Happy thaw, everyone! I know it’s officially been spring for a while now, but in my part of Alaska we are just now getting rid of our last bits of sloppy wet snow. Further north, it will take a bit longer still, though with much warmer than usual temperatures throughout Alaska this year things are thawing much earlier than usual.
So, in honor of spring, I painted a picture, of course!
The photo shows it a little dark, but the painting is actually quite bright and cheerful, much like my attitude when spring finally rolls around. I cant wait to start digging in the garden again! I have a bed of native wildflowers that should start showing themselves soon, and its almost time to get Kale, Broccoli and Pak Choy in the ground. Plus, I will be starting seeds of more tender plants in the high tunnel . Fresh basil, here we come!
Of course spring in Alaska means several more exciting things:
The return of the humpback whales following the huge schools of herring as they spawn along the coast The best place to see them in my humble opinion is beautiful Sitka, where you don’t even have to go out in a boat to see them up close and personal. Just stand on the shore and listen to them blow and call as they pass by, and wait for the dramatic moment they all dive deep and then rise as a group and scoop up tons of herring caught up in their clever bubble nets.
Brown bears and black are coming out of hibernation (many mamas with cubs in tow) anxious to fill up on the fresh greens popping up in sunny sites and whatever tasty morsels they can scrounge up along the coastline.
Of course that’s just the prelude to the big feast coming up!
Boats are coming out of their own hibernation as fishermen get them primed and ready for “the season”.
Soon they will be lining the harbors all over Alaska waiting for the first early salmon openings and halibut charters.
Its breakup season here in Alaska, but no need to cry! The tripod at the Nenana Ice Classic on the Tanana topples as the river ice breaks up and someone wins a lot of money. (The breakup happened earlier than ever in the 102 history of the event with the tripod toppling on April 14 this year)
How about you? What has spring got you excited about? Tell me all about it in the comments!
I just finished a new painting, which is a great example of my more whimsical approach to Alaskan wildlife. I hope you find this as fun to look at as I had painting it!
This little octopus is tucked in tight with his favorite toy shipwreck, snuggled under a kelp blanket, with his head softly cradled on sea sponge pillows. Angler fish is (begrudgingly) providing his night light. Sleep tight little one!
This painting is 24×30, highly textured acrylic on canvas. It will be added to the Gallery soon and available for purchase.
I just added a new batch of paintings to the gallery. I will continue to add more as I get them photographed.
The above painting, “Denali Park Birches,” was inspired by a short hike I took with my family on a trail in Denali National Park in the fall of 2017. My husband and I try to spend our anniversary in the Park each year. (Some years we make it, some years we don’t.) That year was a particularly glorious fall for the birches and aspen in the Park and I remember standing at a trail side overlook and taking in this glorious scene. Of course I had to paint it! At the time I wasn’t able to , but I finally got around to it and here it is!
If you ever get a chance to visit Denali, I recommend going in early fall if you can— late August to early September, for fewer mosquitos, peak color and peak animal activity. Last time we visited we saw 23 grizzly bears in a single day!
But whenever you go, please do! It is truly a national treasure.
Hi, I’m Theresa, and this blog is where I share stories about life in Alaska and photos of the inspiration behind my paintings, along with tips for visiting the Last Frontier. I hope to be posting regularly soon! Enjoy!