Thursday, September 3, 2009

Deception Pass

Our Washington State vacation was quickly drawing to a close. Deception pass is a straight separating Whidby Island from Findalgo Island. It connects Skagit Bay with the Straight of Juan de Fuca to form a churning boiling water mass. Tourists can walk across the Deception pass bridge. You can barely see the small forms walking the bridge in the sketch. Construction of the bridge was completed in 1935. Vertigo dampened Terry's desire to walk across the bridge for the view. Instead we drove down to the water where fishermen were busy trying to catch Salmon.
I set up shop and started sketching near a barefoot young couple who were snuggling on a blanket and enjoying the view. I liked the way the bridge sort of mirrored the gentle curve of a large drift wood log. Some people took the flat smooth stones and skipped them across the water, others caught fish as the sun set. After a fish was dragged up on shore the fisherman would then bash it in the head with a rock, the bloody details of which I really didn't need to see. Several other fishermen were arguing with each other about where they should be casting. These guys almost came to blows simply because one fisherman was casting to close to the other guys sweet spot near a rock. I thought fishing was supposed to be relaxing!

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David said...

I love Deception Pass, i love the way you have captured it as well. It makes me miss home.

Tin Salamunic said...

"THE" most inspiring blog I have looked at in a really, really long time. Printed out bunch of these images and surrounded my workspace with them for inspiration. Absolutely fantastic work my friend. thank you for sharing!


The Word Of Jeff said...


Love your work and I'm grateful to Mary Ann for bringing you to my attention. I was wondering if you do commissions?


Thor said...

Yes Jeff is I do commissions.