Alaskan Painting Cruise

Just got back from the Great Alaskan Plein Air Retreat/Cruise. It was a great adventure, and so much fun to meet so many wonderful and nice artists. The weather didn't cooperate as well as I would like, but that is a minor thing. The instructors were great, the organizers were on top of everything, and of course, all the other artists were lovely.

painting cruise
 
The trip started in Vancouver BC, and sailed for 7 days with stops at various ports til we reached Whittier, Alaska. Along the way, we painted, ate a lot of food, drank a lot of drinks, and shared a lot of stories and knowledge.
 
I am quite fascinated by the massive scale of these cruise ships. They are floating cities, almost. They carry more passengers than the year-round population of some the towns that we visited. Sometimes they threaten to overwhelm even the Alaskan landscape. But eventually the land wins out; Alaska has some of the most breathtaking views.

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