Beach logs kill

Of all the places on my Pacific Northwest itinerary I think Kalaloch was the one I was the most curious about. On the far western side of the Olympic Peninsula, it seemed so remote and wild, so unlike anything I had ever seen. A few nights before arriving there a friend sent me a link to the webcam from the Kalaloch Lodge (cloudy and rainy all the time!) with a view that is something like my sketch below. Keep in mind that if you have a look at the webcam when it’s nighttime in Washington State, the view will be dark.

From 40 feet above, the distant beach and the weather-beaten driftwood logs created an interesting and somewhat benign view to sketch but it was only later when I took a walk near the shoreline that I truly understood the meaning of the slogan “Beach Logs Kill” that is boldly printed on all the souvenirs in the gift shop. I’ve never been to a wilder place where you truly feel the power of open ocean, wind, waves and… the logs that come tumbling out of those waves. They’re piled up on the sand like toothpicks, except they’re two feet across and 20 or 30 feet long. My stay there wasn’t long, in fact only one night, but it was enough to know that will go back there one day to paint that wild scene again.


5 Comments on “Beach logs kill”

  1. SusanA says:

    Hi, Shari. I don’t think I’ve ever commented here before, but I’m a subscriber. I love your sketches, but I especially love this one. I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest, but I get a real sense of the wildness and the logs rolling in on the waves from your beautiful painting. What a fascinating place this must be! Thank you for sharing it!


    • Hi Susan,
      I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. I’ve been travelling for three weeks and now that I’m back it’s nice to have a chance to post the sketches I didn’t get to when I was away. So glad you like it!


  2. miatagrrl says:

    I love Kalaloch for all of its wildness! What a wonderful painting — you’ve really capture it.

    – Tina


  3. Peter says:

    I recently discovered your blog and what a treasure. I surely admire your work. Very nice.


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