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