North Cascades Highway

After my workshop in Anacortes we decided to take the scenic road to Kelowna, BC, by meandering along the North Cascades Highway in Northern Washington State. It probably doubled our driving time but it was worth it for the views along the way. I had hoped to do at least four sketches on the road, and was especially looking forward to sketching the yellow hills of the Methow Valley but as the car thermometer moved past 100 degrees I gave up on the last few. In the cool mountains I sketched from the overlook above Diablo Lake, taking about 15 minutes to do this one and adding a bit of ink later. 

A bit later in the morning the jagged peaks of Early Winter Spires could be seen from Washington Pass Overlook. I sketched this entirely on site, trying to capture the drama of sharp rock against sky. 


28 Comments on “North Cascades Highway”

  1. simplykailin says:

    I was recently just there in Kelowna! The view in west Kelowna and summerland is amazing!

  2. Kirk says:

    Beautiful renditions

  3. Ineke says:

    I am always amazed by your beautiful pieces * you are able to make us feel as if we are right there with you. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  4. Ineke says:

    I am always amazed by your beautiful pieces * you are able to make us feel as if we are right there with you. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  5. sherylpond32017 says:

    Your sketches make me wish I could be there and also sketching! Wonderful

  6. Jean says:

    I am delighted by how your two mountain scenes bring me back to the feeling of being in the Rockies! Thank you!

  7. Lovely! I know those places and you caught them!

  8. Soni McFarland says:

    Thank you for this – you took me back to a magical trip there with my very magical dog

    With the bonus of your lovely paintings

  9. Jess T. says:

    Gorgeous watercolor!

  10. Carol Cooney says:

    Absolutely beautiful sketch of Diabolo lake.

  11. Judy Sopher says:

    Wish I could have been to your workshop tho I know it was limited. Maybe someday. Your paintings make me so envious of your travels. I’ve been to Seattle but never anywhere else in the state. Your paintings are lovely.

  12. Tom Jump says:

    Great as always, Shari! I’ve wanted to go to Kelowna ever since I saw that the Steve Martin movie “Roxanne” was filmed there. I even stayed through the credits just to see where it was filmed, way-back-when. And it’s a great idea to take that highway up there too- thanks! ~Tom

  13. You really captured the jagged rock formations! Both of these are great! Sometimes it is worth the extra time to do a scenic tour. I did that once along the Blue Ridge Mts and Skyline Drive. Instead of about an hour trip for the section it took us about 6 hrs…and we didn’t even sketch. lol

  14. Alison says:

    I love the spontaneity of these lively sketches. There is a different quality to them — I wonder why? Hard to believe it was so hot out there. Meanwhile, back east, the rain continues. I haven’t watered the garden in weeks.


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