Jane Wallis 1

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center is hosting a “Paint the Peninsula” competition this week. Twenty six plein air artists (literally, “in the open air”) have come to town to paint and compete as they create artistic expressions of the great outdoors of the Olympic Peninsula. They came to the Dungeness Recreation Area yesterday and I visited with five of them as they worked. I’ll introduce you to the five I met, along with their work, in the coming days.

I met Jane Wallis, above, first. She has come to the competition from Poulsbo which is about an hour from Sequim. She works in oils, pastels, and watercolor.

Jane Wallis 2

Jane did a pen and ink sketch of her intended work before she pulled out the paint.

Jane Wallis 3

Here’s a closer look at her canvas. All the artists I met worked on a small scale. They bring paint and canvases for nearly a week’s work so size matters. The artists’ works are hung after they’re produced each day and are on sale at the Fine Arts Center.

Jane Wallis view

Here is my camera’s perspective of Jane’s view. I arrived mid-afternoon and missed the sun all the artists enjoyed earlier in the day.

Tree summer

At the first of this year I promised a series of this willow tree that I see often at one of the trailheads at Dungeness Recreation Area. Here it is in its full summer foliage. Click here to see it last January, and here to see its springtime look.

An aside: Today is the fourth anniversary of my blogging premiere on Sequim Daily Photo. That was 1,422 posts ago but who’s counting? Time to buy a cupcake and celebrate.

Jardin du Soleil

Next weekend, July 17-19, is Sequim’s annual Lavender Weekend, an event celebrating all things lavender. As with any crop, timing can be tricky. But this year the lavender fields got the memo and are already showing off blooms. This is a view taken recently at Jardin du Soleil.

Olympic Lavender

The festival features tours of our many lavender farms, a street fair, music performances, and a variety of other community events. Visitors can find an array of lavender in shades from deep purple to pink and white with varieties grown for essential oils, cooking, dried foliage, and classically beautiful landscaping. Most farms sell lavender plants, dried and fresh bouquets, and lavender infused products from soaps and lotions to spices. The view above is Olympic Lavender Farm.