61. Seward Park Trail


Seward Park Trail, oil pastel by Delfino Cornali

“Seward Park Trail”, oil pastels on aquarelle rag, 20cm x 25cm ©Delfino Cornali 2019

This piece shows one of my favorite spots in Seward Park. We’re looking north along the Spine Trail which runs along the center of the peninsula. This spot is deep in the forest. I often spot bald eagles here, their nest is perched high in the canopy nearby. On the trail to the left, I’ve spotted adult Pileated woodpeckers. This is a truly magical spot in the park.


In the late afternoon, sunlight filters down through the canopy of native alder, madrone, cedar and Douglas fir.  In this piece, I try to capture the contrast of light and shadow typical of a mature Pacific Northwest rainforest. The forest floor can be a dark place, even on a sunny day. But when sunlight does penetrate, its effect is transformative. Low-angle afternoon light brings golds and reds into places that, moments before, were deep green and brown.


This piece is part of my #ArtForGood project, where all proceeds from art sales are donated to nonprofit organizations. The proceeds for this piece will go to the Friends of Seward Park Torii, a project to reconstruct Seward Park’s Japanese gate which Seattle’s Japanese community had donated to the city in 1934.


  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Canson Aquarelle Rag, 240gm
  • Dimensions 8″ x 10″, mounted, double-matte (in colors, as shown), 11″ x 14″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Donation US$75, excludes shipping, preference to Seattle-local sales
  • Status FOR SALE. Leave a comment on this page for more information and details regarding the sale of this piece.



~ by Delfino on 2019/05/16.

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