Path to Nowhere
Path to Nowhere plein air oil painting by Talya Johnson
There are two weeks in June when the Eklutna Flats in the Mat-Su valley are washed with the deep blue and violet of wild irises. Prickly roses, Shooting Stars, and Chocolate Lilies provide lovely touches of contrast to the display. While quite visible from the highway, vehicles zoom past at 65 miles per hour, their drivers seemingly unaware of the miracle quickly passing them by. Last summer, the Painted Ladies and I journeyed into the fields several times to paint on site. As I painted this scene, with the barely visible, overgrown path, I contemplated my own painting journey. There are times when this less traveled journey can seem a “path to nowhere,” yet to those who persevere, the path leads to places of beauty that few others will discover. This is a 9 by 12 inch oil painting on linen archival board. It’s titled, “Path to Nowhere”, and depicts the Eklutna flats in early June. It was painted on site, and completed in my studio. It’s beautifully framed in a dark wide molding with copper foil accents, and is sure to bring a breath of an Alaskan summer into your home or office. The painting is was donated to the KAKM Public Television auction and will be available for bid live on Saturday, February 12, 8 p.m. Click here for bidding information.
Path to Nowhere plein air oil painting by Talya Johnson, pictured with frame.