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48 North Magazine Cover for November

 I write a monthly feature page for this magazine, 48-North, and occasionally they put one of my paintings on the cover. This month they have my sketchbook story about moon snails and the cover painting is of our 1940 classic wooden Monk sloop, Sea Witch. Wow! While we sold the boat to a Canadian couple two years ago, I still have vast and fond memories of this craft, and of the four big boats we’ve owned, for me Sea Witch was the best – a perfect boat. This painting is called “Otters on the Dock” and when I painted it, I offered it up as a totem to the two river otters that would occasionally pay us a visit and poop all over the cockpit and bright work with stuff that is too awful to even think about. I thought that maybe if I payed homage to these two, they’d cut it out. No such luck.

 

As I go down memory lane right now, 30′ Sea Witch is a pretty famous boat in the Northwest, having been used as a floating adventure for not just Nancy and I, but also Jo Bailey, who for decades used the boat to write countless cruising stories and several books. Also in the painting are my summer dockside geraniums. There’s a sweet wooden sloop without an engine that my neighbors would sail in and out of the slip with only an oar to stop them. Sparkle in the back that was by far the fastest wooden sailboat boat in town, and the Portside Deli (a fine place for lunch or afternoon coffee). But marinas evolve, and today the only subjects of my painting left in place are the engineless sloop and the otters. And I’m not sure about the otters.

Here’s a photo of Sea Witch at her launch in 1940 in Seattle, sent by Pete VanAtta, son of the gal christianing the boat. She was the daughter of the builder standing in the back.  These old boats seem to create extended families.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

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The Politics of Art for Restoring Nature

I was happy and proud to donate some art recently to the Crag Law Center in Portland, Oregon for their newsletter – and here’s the result. You can see the entire newsletter here with more of my art. Crag  has a staff of legal professionals that work with local and regional groups to battle against those well-heeled corporations we all love to hate. They also help community groups organize themselves in a more professional  manner, and work to promote fiscally-responsible environmental conservation – plus a whole lot more. In other words, if you were a little bird in trouble like the murrelet, these are the guys you’d want to have on your side – and they are. As an artist who has spent my life painting and learning about nature, these types of donations are high on my priority list.

 

The pitch: If we have a new president in two months who represents not us and the nature we’re here to conserve and protect, you’re going to see a lot more of this as we all desperately battle yet-again against the forces of evil: better known as the Republicans. Why Americans continue to vote for people who are against the very citizens who vote for them in is completely beyond me, but they do. So, it will take all we have to hold on to the small gains we’ve had during the past four years. Gains? Heck, we’re not even back to what we had and where we were before the last guy drove the country into a ditch.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

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2011 Olympic NP Bugler cover

Summer’s almost over and I almost forgot to post this while it’s still current.

On September 17, the official ceremony for the removal of the Elwha River dams will kickoff, but I’ve been involved with this for several years now. I was pleased when the park’s summer newspaper (the handout at the park gates) featured a section of one of the two murals I painted showing what this big river might look like a few years from now. In the upper left corner you can see what will remain of the upper Glines Canyon dam when the river will hopefully become one of the largest salmon producing streams (again) on the peninsula.

My task for these paintings was to show how the river and its salmon influence everything else there. Many plants and animals rely on a healthy salmon runs for nutrients. It’s not just the bears and raccoons, herons and jays that eat the spawned-out fish, but as they drag the fish into the forests, this soon becomes ‘fish emulsion’ for the big trees too. The forests provide a stable environment for a new generation of fish, while the fish give back fertilizer when they return. This cycle has been stopped for a full century by the two dams that will soon be gone.

And I’m affected too. Learning this stuff is the best part of painting nature for a living. It’s not just a painting, but more knowledge I get to cram under that size-8 1/4 hat.

Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

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Summer Getaway cover

I don’t post much of this publicity stuff, but this was a nice bit of press recently (and we just walked in the door from five days in San Diego). This is the cover for the Olympic Peninsula tourist magazine, the Getaway, probably the one most visitors gravitate to. I thought the Port Townsend Leader newspaper did a nice job of incorporating the title into the painting. It’s cropped pretty severely but still works fairly well.

That’s Port Townsend’s Fort Worden State Park, a popular place with 2+ miles of beaches, a college, poetry press, marine science center, woodworking school, 1200-set concert pavilion where there are music and writer weeklong summer workshops and over about 500 rooms and campsites. It’s one of the best things about this little town. The painting location is on the road going up the hill to the old gun emplacements, giant concrete structures that look like a deserted futuristic city from Blade Runner – and in the far left background is Mount Rainier – at exactly 100 miles away, it still looks that tall, I’m not kidding.

We have prints of this image (not cropped) that now seem popular since it’s appearance on the Getaway. Here’s the link.
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Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

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Covergirl Schooner Adventuress

Cover Art Schooner Adventuress

48 North magazine in Seattle has always been very good to me, and this month is no exception. It was Wooden Boat Festival time here in Port Townsend, and so, just as they did last year, one of my paintings landed on the magazine’s cover. They do a good job in these days of struggling print magazines, but now 48 has begun to move into the digital world. It’s now entirely online and free. Check it out. Only thing lacking this month is a story by me. To see past stories, check our website archives.

The timing of this worked out pretty well, because the original painting is still available. SO, I’ll shamelessly pitch it here. You were waiting for that anyway, weren’t you?

Adventuress at Union Wharf is acrylic on board, 14″ x 20″ and $1000 unframed.
A nice triple matted frame and shipping adds just a bit more depending on your zone or if you want a custom frame. This is the original painting, NOT a print. Lean on me for the non-gallery discount.
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Thanks for reading this week.
Larry Eifert

Click here to go to the online blog this was to.

Click here to go to our main website – packed with jigsaw puzzles, prints, interpretive portfolios and lots of other stuff.

Click here to check out what Nancy’s currently working on with her photography.