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Priest Lake Dreaming

I spent a long weekend up at my aunt’s place at Priest Lake with my family. Priest Lake is one of my favorite places in the world. Beautiful clear water, lovely forests, delicious food, time with family-its the best!

This was painting while waiting for our food at Cavanaugh’s restaurant.

This was painting while waiting for our food at Cavanaugh’s restaurant.

The view from the end of the dock. The extra green in the water in the sky is from where the paint bleed from a rogue wave encounter I’ll talk about below. It actually looks pretty good.

The view from the end of the dock. The extra green in the water in the sky is from where the paint bleed from a rogue wave encounter I’ll talk about below. It actually looks pretty good.

Mom and my aunt Judy were talking with my Aunt Marcy on the phone while we were out on the dock. I sat on the ground and tried to capture it. Aunt Judy suggested we try Facetiming her and with some technological wrangling, we managed to get her on the screen. Everyone got down on the planks of the dock and we all tried to squeeze our faces into the tiny iPhone screen. We weren’t very successful and our attempts were keeping us occupied because a huge wave came up and over the dock and OVER US! We all leapt up, there was a lot of shrieking, the dock rocking about, confusion abounding. I grabbed for my sketchbook and loose supplies to keep them from washing away. We were all soaked up to our waists and my sketchbook was soaked as well! I carried it up to the house and blotted it with paper towels and then used a blowdryer on it. I managed to dry it out with minimal damage, except for the separation you can see in the “gutter” of the page on the spread above where the glue dissolved. Luckily, this is a very high quality sketchbook (shout out to Hahnemuehle!) and it is sewn as well as glued so its still holding together well! What an adventure!

Mom and my aunt Judy were talking with my Aunt Marcy on the phone while we were out on the dock. I sat on the ground and tried to capture it. Aunt Judy suggested we try Facetiming her and with some technological wrangling, we managed to get her on the screen. Everyone got down on the planks of the dock and we all tried to squeeze our faces into the tiny iPhone screen. We weren’t very successful and our attempts were keeping us occupied because a huge wave came up and over the dock and OVER US! We all leapt up, there was a lot of shrieking, the dock rocking about, confusion abounding. I grabbed for my sketchbook and loose supplies to keep them from washing away. We were all soaked up to our waists and my sketchbook was soaked as well! I carried it up to the house and blotted it with paper towels and then used a blowdryer on it. I managed to dry it out with minimal damage, except for the separation you can see in the “gutter” of the page on the spread above where the glue dissolved. Luckily, this is a very high quality sketchbook (shout out to Hahnemuehle!) and it is sewn as well as glued so its still holding together well! What an adventure!

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Lots of gorgeous wildflowers at the lake!

Lots of gorgeous wildflowers at the lake!

So many fun different shapes of leaves and flowers. I’m thinking I need to do some more Priest Lake paintings!

So many fun different shapes of leaves and flowers. I’m thinking I need to do some more Priest Lake paintings!

Garland Sketchcrawl Class!

Garland Sketch Crawl   For students 14 years old and up  $40  Wednesdays, July 10 & 17, 2019  10 A.M. – 12 P.M.  Come sketch the fabulous landmarks of the Garland neighborhood with me. Learn to sketch on location and add color with watercolors, colored pencils or markers (your choice). Urban sketching is an art adventure!     Sign up here!

Garland Sketch Crawl

For students 14 years old and up

$40

Wednesdays, July 10 & 17, 2019

10 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Come sketch the fabulous landmarks of the Garland neighborhood with me. Learn to sketch on location and add color with watercolors, colored pencils or markers (your choice). Urban sketching is an art adventure!

Sign up here!

Painting at Priest Lake

Priest Lake is one of my favorite places in all the world. I've been coming here, to a cabin my aunt has, for pretty much my whole life. It is beautiful and peaceful and driving up there, I always feel is a bit like coming home.

The view from my aunt's deck.

The view from my aunt's deck.

Yellow umbrellas on the deck while eating at Cavanaugh's.

Yellow umbrellas on the deck while eating at Cavanaugh's.

We walked, kayaked, paddleboarded and ate a lot. A perfect long weekend. Do you have any favorite summer places?