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Allow me to create a scene for you, a place where your troubles are far away and there is nothing but the sounds of crickets in the air and sweet smell of grass in the breeze. There is a steady breeze blowing and you can feel the thick warm air against your skin. This is a place where you know you can find some respite and some quiet time or reflection time. This 8″ x 12″ painting is what I have created to help you visualize that place from your imagination. 

The Birth

I wanted to create my version of peace and quiet. I wanted to practice the skill of layering to bring depth to the painting. Those two aspects, coupled with my love of water, gave birth to Waterway. I used some new techniques I had garnered from recent lessons with Bob Ross to develop a piece that encompasses peace and quiet. With the ways the water’s edge darkens and the reeds grow on the banks, all contribute to that feeling. It brewed up some of the memories I had as a child in Coeur D’Alene and I matched those with what I had learned to create Waterway’s scene. 

Float the water

Imagine the moment in your head that you felt the last time someone said, float the river. I thought of the way those made me feel, while painting this and Inlet, another painting I was working on at the time. To make a moment on canvas that portrayed those feelings, that is what inspired Waterway. I write this in the part of the year where floating peacefully on the river is always on my mind. Hopefully you have experienced some measure of that feeling in this painting. If you have fallen in love with this painting or the story behind it, I implore you to take it home with you. I want it to provide that moment and those feelings for you. Lastly, prints on canvas are available today.

Additional information

Dimensions12 × .15 × 8 in
Painting Size

8" x 12"

Painting Medium


Painting Surface

Stretched Cotton Canvas


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