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  • Day 2 of Painting at Deception Pass

    By: Jan Jewell

    This is my first attempt at a blog post, but since Paula wasn't able to come to the second painting day at Deception Pass, I thought I'd post a comment and a few photos. The drive is long from Bellevue, over an hour and a half. I was so tired from driving it both ways the day before; I arrived late Saturday morning. Paula called while I was driving to tell me the group would be painting on the South side and to follow the signs to the amphitheatre to find them. I did as she suggested but found no one. I was approached by a woman I had not met before, Virginia Dusenbury who said she too had followed the signs, but had not found any other painters. She and her husband had just finished lunch and were packing up as I arrived, but we had a nice visit before she left.

    I have never been to Deception Pass State Park before; I’ve only gone through the pass in our boat once – a scary ride indeed! I will however be back; the park was beautiful. After painting on the beach for a while, I parked on Pass Island (the island in the middle of the two bridges) and hiked all over it. It was a beautiful afternoon and I took quite a few photos. As the sun was getting low in the sky, I found my way to Rosario Beach and painted there during the ‘golden hour’. I wish I could say I captured the glow, but my poor painting doesn’t begin to do justice to the beauty of the late afternoon light on the beach. It was nearly 10:00 pm when I finally arrived home, tired, hungry, but happy to have been able to enjoy such a beautiful place.





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