Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wallula Gap Down River

"Wallula Gap Downriver" 9x12, oil on board, ©Laura Gable 
Most people in our region are familiar with the Wallula Gap area just south of the Tri-Cities, Washington. It was formed as the Columbia River makes it's dramatic bend and heads west towards the ocean, creating the border between Washington and Oregon.

Early one spring morning we set up our easels along side the highway, on the slopes of the hiking area for Twin Sisters basalt formation. I painted this as we looked down river -- a bit sheltered with some gusts of errant wind. The water was churning up this interesting green tone, while wildflowers and rabbit brush were in bloom. Light patterns created amazing color on the distant rocks. I was drawn to the light skimming the brilliant green grasses atop this upright rock formation, and the dramatic shadows they cast across the roadway.

"The gap is a narrow constriction of the Columbia, just north of the Oregon border where the great river makes its last southern run, then swings west to complete its journey to the Pacific." More information here, with photos.


  1. Love the color scheme and the composition Laura. I've been in the area and it says it perfectly!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Mary. It is a lovely area, would be fun to paint with you. ;-)


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