Summer in Western Washington on the Puget Sound arrived right on time- a bit after the 4th of July. It's been sunny and not too hot for weeks now. I understand we are heading for record high temps (maybe 100+) over the rest of this week for the Seattle area, and probably high 90s here in Port Orchard. It won't last very long, but it will be enough to remind us of one of the reasons why we left Long Island, which regularly gets blistering heat waves.

One of my favorite parts of our community is the area around Sinclair Inlet. It's not very wide or deep compared to many other parts of the Puget Sound. It embodies the Sound on a small scale, accessible and lovely. Port Orchard has a couple of marinas along Bay Street on the water. Some folks have their own access apart from the marinas. 

I drive along Sinclair Inlet to get to all points North, which means practically daily. I've seen it in every kind of weather and every time of day, and being made of water and sky, it's always different. 

I made this painting after seeing this particular spot on an early morning trip to an appointment in Silverdale. Fog tends to cling to the surface of the water even as the land around it is clearing up. This particular morning, it was misty and not quite raining. Fog obscured the other side. A sailboat sat quietly, resting in the tide. (We have 15-foot tides here; sometimes that little boat is high and dry.)

I am partial to this weather, it's very soft and somehow comfortable. I hoped to be able to communicate that sense of stillness I felt looking out at the water that morning in early July.
It reminds me of the cool weather I love, and will be without for at least several days. 

The painting is called Sinclair Inlet, Summer Fog. I used oils on canvas. It is 12" x 24"

                                                                                  Sinclair Inlet, Summer Fog  © Rose Guastella 2017

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Comment by koshersalaami on July 30, 2017 at 7:42pm

Stillness it conveys 

Comment by Rosigami on July 30, 2017 at 7:56pm

Hi Kosh! Good.

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 30, 2017 at 8:09pm

Rosi, how big is the actual painting?  I looked at it close up, and you can almost disappear into the cool and quiet and enveloping...

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 30, 2017 at 8:17pm

never mind, I see the size now.  Seems to be so much larger, on my computer screen.  Like it would cover a wall, or something...Just walk into it..( or swim)  no...float...

Comment by Rosigami on July 30, 2017 at 8:35pm

Thanks, Julie. Not so big, really. Just shows a (relatively) big place. I like your response to it.

Comment by Rosigami on July 31, 2017 at 7:11am

Hi Terry, thanks for coming by. 

Comment by alsoknownas on July 31, 2017 at 7:27am

Heat wave this week here too Rose. 100+ for several days.

I'll look at this to cool down.

Comment by Rosigami on July 31, 2017 at 8:09am

Stay as cool as you can, alsoknownas. 

Comment by Rosigami on July 31, 2017 at 8:11am

Terry, sometimes I do use a colored ground.  I'm sure you're right- I may try another one   In this vein just to see what an orange ground will do for it.

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 31, 2017 at 11:33am


This is a lovely painting - and it really does evoke fond memories for me of living up in Olympia, driving up your way on a spring or early summer morning, too. Nicely done! I agree with Julie, the feeling of wanting to walk in and feel the air, the scene....

I love how the heat starts so late out here! *Love* that we still have fireplace fires until early June some years!  Not so fond of the temperatures this week, that's for sure. The range here is over 100 for the next ten days with 113 as high later this week!! So hoping that number forecast decreases.... no wonder I'm wishing to walk into your foggy painting  : )

(Of course, a drive to the cold and foggy coast would work, too!)


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