Why do we love the sea?" asked American painter Robert Henri, "It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think."
I spent about a year exclusively drawing the sun set over the sea from my favorite Everett Park. It became a bi-weekly meditation. I would see familiar faces every time I went down to "my bench." The park became a gathering place for friends, as well as thoughts.
Few things say "I'm home" like watching the sun move across the Sound and drift down behind the Olympic Mountains. All the man-made structures merge into one dark shape as the sky dominates in colors from which no one can look away.
Most locals are aware of the out-of-control views from certain places in Everett, especially those who live within a stone's toss of the sea. But, if you don't know what I'm talking about - find a park adjacent to the sea like Legion, Grand Avenue, Jetty Island, Bayside, Rucker Hill, Howarth, or Harborview Parks. Claim a bench around the sunset and think those beautiful thoughts.
Elizabeth is an award winning Everett, Washington-based artist and graphic designer. Using pen and watercolor, she sketches from life and creates 'illustrative infographics,' often featuring Northwest themes.