Saturday, April 6, 2013


On my drive into the studio Thursday, a sign of spring was floating in the Wrangell Narrows near town.  
Can you see it?  Just to the left of the green can buoy...

... an ice berg drifted over from Le Conte glacier.
At noon Flossy and I walked through South Harbor to enjoy the sun.  Petersburg Mountain is still snow-covered, and a stiff breeze made me glad I was wearing my gloves and hat.
Some boats are still tarped over for winter.

Back in the studio, I experimented with my newly cut stamps, printing with them on mono-prints pulled several weeks ago.

The blue sky day seems to have influenced my color selection.

On the way back out the road after work, the ice berg had moved closer to our side of the Narrows.

Hope you are seeing signs of spring yourself (or fall, if you are in the other hemisphere).


  1. dear Sus, i look at your photos long and with pleasure, a little amazement also, nature is so
    'big' where you live, something very pure about it too.
    i can see the colors of your surroundings appear in your work and wonder how we are formed and influenced by the places we live in...

  2. Your porcupine! That is just the best! Definitely spring down here in Arizona. The little leaves are studding the ocotillo branches from head to toe. Soon there will be orange flames atop every one. The wildflowers are popping out through the dryness too.

  3. Still tucked under a boatload of snow, but it is slowly, slowly inching away from things. No iceburgs to watch, though!!

  4. Your handcut stamps are simply the best!
    Have a wonderful week, sus.

  5. besides signs of spring... i see a male and female figure in that iceboat... they're about to come to land too. it's looking promising, susan!
    your stamps look the ticket, on those mono's... really powerful too.
    and now, i have a query for you:
    you play, next weekend? this is the invitation!

  6. I love the berry stamp--right now I'm finishing up a painting to send to Ketchikan with a berry theme, and am having lots of fun with it.

    The iceberg was quite the treat, wasn't it? I clambered down to the beach and took some quick snaps with my cell phone but haven't had a chance to look them over yet.

    Can't wait to see your finished stamp designs. Cindi

  7. I noticed the color choices as well. Nature does up grey and purple well hey? With just the right touch of yellow and spring green. This looks like a glimpse of what is to come. Spring. Hip Hip Hooray. Have a nice week, N, x

  8. Hi Sus, I can't judge how big the iceberg is when it crossed over to the other side from the photo. Bigger than a breadbox but smaller than a semi truck? You live in a gorgeous part of the world. Those little crocus remind me of the spirit of Northerners.....strong, brave, and colourful.
    I hope you have a great week with plenty of time in the studio. xo Carole

  9. I call it the 'dragon wolf '
    The shape of the iceberg is so cool!!

  10. Wonderful photos!! It looks warmer in your pictures than I imagine it is in real life...that ice berg is amazing- and I love all the wrapped boats.
    So much inspiration surrounds you- your stamps are so sweet!

  11. wonderful pictures - the ice berg is great!
    and your prints are really beautiful! :)) mano

  12. Pretty! Seems like mr. icerberg lost its way, love the portraits here. Got my eye on your next posts.


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