Saturday, July 14, 2018

Midsummer Night in Alaska

Outer Point Douglas, Alaska
6 x 6 inch Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, sold by auction, free shipping in USA.

We hiked the trail to Outer Point on the evening of the longest day of the year. It was clear, with no wind, and a magnificent view of the Mendenhall Glacier from Douglas Island. In all my years in Juneau, I never saw a better view of the glacier. So it has been waiting for me to paint this scene, to share it with you.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Christmas Tree for the Birds

Julenek
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA.
My mother always asked her father-in-law to save a pretty sheaf of grain for her to tie in a tree for the birds at Christmas. This is called a Julenek in Norway. This was tied in a fruit tree that we could see from the kitchen window and watch the birds come for it. There were usually pine cones with suet stuffed in between the scales as well. They were tied with a red ribbon if we had it, or just a red strip of fabric. Sometimes the tie was just a piece of baling twine. Making do, was what we did back then. Sharing what we had in deep winter was also what we did, like everyone in the rural community.