Saturday, June 26, 2021

Fort Walla Walla, Nez Perce National Historical Park and Update on Colored Pencil Artwork

Last week we traveled to central Idaho and got to see some great stops along the way. 
Our first stop was at the Fort Walla Walla Museum in Walla Walla, Washington. If you have kids or if you are a history buff, this is a must-stop. The old 19th-century military fort is located in a large park where there is a museum, gift store, and a tribute to WWI and WWII vets. Every year they have the Lewis and Clark Living History Weekend with demonstrations, storytelling, and reenactments.

 Fort Walla Walla Museum

Pink Yarrow and Torch Lily along the out buildings

Nez Perce National Historical Park Visitor Center

Image by National Park Service

The Nez Perce National Historical Park Visitor Center is located 3 miles north of Lapwai, ID, on U.S. Highway 95. It is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The center has Native American Exhibits of the Nez Perce featuring beadwork, saddles, attire, baskets, weaving, canoes, and the history and traditions of the Nez Perce. There is also a Nez Perce Photo Exhibit featuring 64 photos of chiefs, tribesmen, tribeswomen, and encampments. On the grounds is a garden area of the plants and vegetations used by the Nez Perce for medicinal and other purposes.

Blanket Flower and Sticky Geranium

Wyeth Buckwheat and Western Yarrow

Columbia River and Mt. Adams

Some shots on the way home of the Columbia River north of Yakima, Washington and just south outside of the Yakima Indian Reservation looking towards Mt. Adams near Goldendale, Washington.

Newest Colored Pencil Work In Progress

Moving along on this colored pencil piece of mountain goat. Using Prisma Colored Pencils, Irojiten Colored Pencils and Copic Colorless Blender Marker.  I have to have this commission piece done by the end of July. So I will be working a great deal on it this coming week.

Keep on Creating!

Have a blessed week!

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area and Colored Pencil Artwork Update


Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area

Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area

Today we visited Fort Yamhill State Heritage Park located near Willamina, Oregon. In all my years living in the Yamhill County, Oregon area, I have never had a chance to visit this state park. The park has the historic remains of a store, blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, horse stables, granary, bakehouse, laundress house, hospital, mess room, company quarters, kitchen, blockhouse, storehouse, commissary, guardhouse, adjutant's office, officers' quarters, sentry box, parade grounds, and flagpole. In 1866 the fort was abandoned, and the buildings were auctioned off. 
An easy ADA-friendly trail loops around the historical remains and is approximately 0.7 miles in length. There are information panels located along the trail that share the history and life of army officers, soldiers, and Native Americans. There are location markers indicating where the structures once were standing. This is a great little hike to take your kids and teach them some history of the area.

The only structures remaining are the store and relocated officer's quarters. The store is where the camp hosts are located. 

The blockhouse was sold for $2.50 at a public auction. Later it was moved to the town of Dayton, Oregon.

Sentry box and flag pole.

Wildflowers begin to bloom in late May and early June. I was able to catch a few on the trail.

Work in Progress

Advancing a little further now on this wildlife colored pencil work in progress. Working on adding color to the sky first. Then I will apply a colorless blender.  After I finish adding color to the sky,  I will add color to the rocks and vegetation.

Keep on Creating!

Have a blessed week!