Last summer my husband and I took a cruise aboard the SS Veendam through the Inside Passage from Anchorage to Vancouver, B.C. At the Art Museum in Anchorage I enjoyed a painting by Carl Saxild, entitled "Juneau". Based initially upon my sketches of his painting, I departed from his description by using cool greens and blues and then added the distinct spires from St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Sitka along with a sparsely timbered hillside. These are the colors I felt surrounded me up there. The sparsely forested hillside is a reminder of the effects of forest fires.
Disembodied Voices of Sitka
"The hairy ogres descended on the Tlingit like a lightning storm
with stones tempered for sharpness
altering our lives forever.
But in the end, this zephyr was just a passing gust compared to
the tempest brewing in the South."
"The first far Eastern settlement was annihilated by the beardless savages.
Afterwards our expedition was sent by the Tsar to take its place.
We garnered a fortune in animal pelts and seal oil, greatly enriching our investors back West."
"I headed North from Seattle to strike it rich in the Yukon.
One night our ship docked into a port town called Sitka, where I saw
rowdy taverns bustle in the midnight shadow of the onion domes."
~ Copyright © 2008 by C.W. Morado
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