Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ghost Tree 2

Ghost Tree 2 by megan_n_smith_99
Ghost Tree 2, a photo by megan_n_smith_99 on Flickr.

Yesterday I went to Northwest Trek which was a lot of fun. I had never been there before. They have a lot of animals native to the North America and you can see a lot of them on a tram tour, then there are others in exhibits more like a "regular" zoo. My mother can't walk very well so she really enjoyed the tram ride. The animals are used to the trams and came close. We saw bison, elks, bighorn sheep, otters, beavers, a skunk, a fox, wolves, etc. It's also a beautiful and peaceful place, I love the woods.

Of course the woods in the Northwest are not quite like the one in this painting - we are much more brown and green. There are some deciduous trees but at least half are evergreen and so it's pretty green all year around. the underbrush also tends to be pretty thick, unlike in some forests i've seen on the east coast. There are ferns, salal, stinging nettles, blackberries, and other plants. Hopefully going to NW Trek will inspire some paintings but I am already working on the Ghost series and some more acrylics in the Strata series so it might have to wait a bit. I'd love to paint more bison.

This painting is:
Ghost Tree 2
6 x 14 inches
watercolor, acrylic, and ink on paper
available on Etsy.

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