Monday, March 15, 2010


No rain today, so I checked into a potential painting spot at Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands area. I parked my car (above) and walked about two miles in either direction along the trail to find the elusive painting spots I was sure were there. Four miles later, no such spot existed. A longer trail goes along and between the lakes (paved for walkers or bikers), and it just might lead to a beautiful painting spot or two, but they are too far for me to walk with my pastel plein air gear.

The area was nearly deserted. I helped a kayak fisherman launch his boat and that was fun, but there were no other people visiting the wetlands.

Not every beautiful spot is a good painting spot. Lesson learned.


Celeste Bergin said...

I do remember that it is a long walk--you'd need a pull along trolley (and then the scenery is not really worth it?) I thought there were some good spots here and there. ?
& saw no voles, I take it?

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Nothing so special that it trumps other places we've painted with easier access.

The spot where I helped the kayaker was kind of pretty, but marshy and still pretty far from my car. I'll take a pass on this place.

The Artist Within Us said...

Greetings Katherine,

I agree with what you say but looking at your first photograph, I see something that would have interested me. The train and all the graffiti found on it, as most stock areas are fenced off.

Warmest regards,