DREW SKILLMAN drewskillman.com San Francisco early SeptemberView from the rooftop /Mission District This is not an election related post. This is also not a cheerful post, or a motivating post. This is a post about one of the many events in 2020 that made it a year we all wish had never happened. This is a post about the smoke. This last September, wildfires raged across California, Oregon, and Washington. Together, these fires contributed to the worst fire season on record; twice as destructive as previous records for fires. Nearly 6 million acres burned this summer. The smoke from Oregon colored our Seattle skies, and the masks that we were already wearing for the virus became more robust, now serving a second necessity: to help us breathe in the smoke filled air. I asked League members to contribute artwork related to the smoke from those West coast fires. We received 61 entries. Below are some images from those submissions. DREW SKILLMAN drewskillman.com San Francisco early SeptemberView from the rooftop /Mission District LYDIA CHOYSan Francisco2pmMy daughter in law took this photo from her patio at 10am SUSAN WAITE “Smoke from the Fires”, 8 x 10, Acrylic on canvas paper IRIS TABOH Portland, OR September 15, 2020 The first time I’ve seen the sun in a week. BARBARA L CHAPMAN www.chapman-art.com Edmonds 9/11/2020 What are we doing to the world? CHERYL CHUDYK www.stitchpixie.com Kirkland, Wa CONNIE PIERSON “OFFICE VIEW”Kenmore “OFFICE VIEW”, Photo taken September 16, 2020, in the morning, from my office window. CONNIE PIERSON “SEPIA SKIES” Kenmore “SEPIA SKIES”, 2020. Mezzotint monoprint, hand colored. Image 4 x 6. A view of the sepia colored sky and the darkness of burnt things. SABINA BURD www.sabinaburd.com @sabinabarts Shoreline 9/13/202, early morning Early morning shot outside of my home….Smoke and Fog. FREDERICKA FOSTER www.frederickafoster.comSeattlePhotoshopped to capture what I woke up to this morning, September 12, 2020 DAVID NEBERT IG @nebert.d Wallingford 9/12 @2:20-2:30pm DAVID NEBERT IG @nebert.d Wallingford 9/12 @2:20-2:30pmDAVID NEBERT IG @nebert.d Wallingford 9/12 @2:20-2:30pm GUILLERMO GOMEZ Seattle Penn Cove, Whidbey Island Camping at a friends farm “escaping the smoke” Seabird in the smokey beach GUILLERMO GOMEZ Seattle Penn Cove, Whidbey Island Camping at a friends farm “escaping the smoke” Smokey Beach JEAN GORECKI Flowers in the smoky sky… MEAGAN MURPHY meaganmurphy.org Capitol Hill Sept 12, 4pm at my studio at Inscape JEAN GORECKI TIFFANY M. SMITH Seattle, WA 9/12/20 7:10AM Departing JAMIE MADISON after visiting friends’ homes that were lost JAMIE MADISON after visiting friends’ homes that were lost JAMIE MADISON www.jamiemadisonart.com Winters, CA – firescene September 3 Medium: charcoal from the fire, paper, paint on paper, 29” x 41” This is a painting that I did in the hills near my home. It is the site of a home that had just burned. KEITH PFEIFFER I drove around the city for about 20 minutes looking for the perfect spot to park my car, switch to the passenger seat, set my pochade box up on my lap, and start painting the yellow smoke covering the sky. It was boiling hot in my car with all the windows up so I had to paint FAST. No time for details! LISA ANDERSON IG: @lisaadesign website: www.lisaadesign.com Seattle Today’s Sun, 7” x 10”, watercolor This was my first site in the morning as I hunkered down for another day inside away from the smoke. MIMI BOOTHBY Smoke and Doug Fir out my window Size:6 x 8”, watercolor on paper mmimitb @ instagram Seattle, WA SUZE WOOLF www.suzewoolf-fineart.com Seattle An imaginary sunset became fire on the mountain with billowing smoke LUCY MAE VANZANDEN www.toddsmonuments.com Conway, Washington September 11, 2020, from my sandblasting booth, looking East JERE SMITH “BOAT, LOPEZ ISLAND” jeresmith.com Seattle Lopez Island I realize that such images may smack of a kind of a kind of tone deaf inappropriateness these days but still, I’m captivated by this sort of thing––when beauty and nature’s volatility mix. MAGDALENA WOSIK Instagram: szminkoholik Picture taken in Bellevue. Outside DangersMAGDALENA WOSIK Instagram: szminkoholik Oil pastels and watercolor JOAN STUART ROSS “LOW VISIBILITY” www.joanstuartross.com Seattle, Washington Low Visibility, 2020, 22×30”JESS RAY “SMOKY GAS WORKS PARK” IG: wobblefinchartsSeattle Reference picture taken 9/9/20 Smoky Gas Works Park from Eastlake BARBARA GREENSWEIG “ORANGE SKY DURING COVID” www.bgreensweigart.com I live in Montara, CA (on the coast, north of Half Moon Bay, in the Bay Area) I took photos at 9:30am at a trail head in Montara on 9/10/20 when we were experiencing a bizarre color sky and almost darkness, and came home and did this painting, also looking at the color of the sky out my window! “Orange Sky During Covid” Oil on Linen 6×8” SUSAN WAITE “HAZY SUNDOWN” Painted September 9, plein air from Greenwood and N43rd in Seattle. “Hazy Sundown”, Gouache 6”x9”, plein air This was painted on site when the smoke actually made pretty sunsets, and wasn’t so thick and oppressive. The smoke cleared from the Seattle air a month ago, but it seems like we are all still waiting to breathe. Thank you to everyone who contributed artwork to document this strange and frightening time in this already strange and threatening year.