Our Mission: To promote plein air painting in the State of Washington by providing painting, learning, and exhibiting opportunities.

  • First Hand Account from Fort Casey

    Laurie Crawford wrote this about her adventures at the Fort Casey Paintout

    A new PAWA member, Trish Murphy, and I caught the 8:30am Mukilteo ferry to Whidbey Island

    yesterday, in spite of the heavy snow here. A biker at the Red Cup Cafe in

    Mukilteo, who had just come across from Clinton said the roads were clear.

    HOWEVER, when we got there, there were power lines down so traffic was

    rerouted. Wet roads and very heavy snow left cars abandoned in the ditches,

    tow trucks arriving and snow plows clearing the way east, OFF the island. I

    just kept driving Northwest praying no one in front of me would stop. I was

    glad to have a clear headed painting partner who could communicate with

    various cell phone messages.

    The white stuff cleared enough, so we stopped

    in Coupeville to call and see who else was around to paint. PAWA had

    cancelled the paint-out a half hour earlier. We parked the car and headed

    into an organic food store. My companion took a walk through the mostly

    deserted town looking for photo ops and sketches for her water colors. I

    stayed for tea and heard from Jane Wallis that they were waiting for a

    painter from Port Townsend at the Keystone Cafe. We drove back there and

    found them painting from the trunk of their car. The snow and water were

    over ankle deep and no one wanted to stand with freezing feet. The sun came

    out. Ebey State Park is right there so I painted the ferry arriving in snow

    and ate half my sandwich. When I cleaned up to leave I found the plastic

    remains of the rest of my sandwich devoured by the ravenous sea gulls. We

    went on around the point to paint the Fort Casey Lighthouse in bright light

    and reflecting snow. Hadn't thought to bring sunglasses. We dried our socks

    and warmed our feet using the hand blow driers in the rest room.

    Some painters were staying for dinner and had reservations for the night. We had

    no problem getting the ferry back to Everett and heading home for a late

    dinner and superb hot tub with my husband. Such is the beginning of 100 year

    birthday celebration of origin of WA State parks we are trying to preserve

    as a sustainable legacy.





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