51. Float Plane

There are precious few places in the U.S. that are unreachable by car – Stehekin is one of them. The village sits at the northern end of Lake Chelan, in central Washington State. The Pacific Crest Trail passes within a few miles of the town, so it’s a popular stopping point, with a post office, lodge, general store and bakery. Most visitors arrive by ferry, but Lake Chelan Airways lands its float planes on the lake directly in front of the community dock.In the late summer of 2013, my family and I spent a long weekend at Stehekin – hiking, swimming in the chilly lake water. The afternoon winds were just starting to pick up when I took a photograph of a bright orange & yellow float plane. The plane seemed to glow, especially against a background of Pacific Northwest mountains and a windswept lake.


I’ve deliberately smudged the shaded surfaces of the plane with grease, suggesting the “veteran” status of an older airplane. 


This piece belongs to my #ArtForGood project, where all proceeds are donated to a suitable nonprofit. For this piece, I will donate funds to DiscNW‘s Youth Development Fund, which provides scholarships and program support for youth ultimate in the Greater Seattle area.


  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Arches Oil Paper, 300gm
  • Dimensions 10″ x 8″, mounted, double-matte (in colors, as shown), 11″ x 14″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Price US $150
  • Status SOLD

~ by Delfino on 2020/01/23.

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