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The 2020 Outer Coast Calendar is available from www.theoutercoast.com, or buy in stores in Sitka, or bookstores in Alaska and a few select places in the North West – including Powells Books in Portland and Elliott Bay Books in Seattle.

I’ll also be at the Alaska Juneau Public Market on Thanksgiving weekend 2019 and at the Sitka Artisans Market December 6-8. I’ll also have original wood engraving prints and notecards, which are also available on the website.

Calendars are printed in color on heavy, vellum-surface Natural colored paper by Alaska Litho in Juneau, Alaska U.S.A.

This calendar features my original art, poetry by Alaskans and other greats, gardening reminders for southeastern Alaska, and wilderness anniversaries. It opens out to 11 x 17 inches (8 1/2 by 11 closed), has a handy hole for hanging, and, has complete year of 2021 on the last page. The price is $15 but there are discounts starting at two.

This year’s calendar is built around the theme of Friends.

Poetry includes lines from Walt Whitman and William Shakespeare.

This calendar also features work by Alaska writer John Straley, novelist and poet, and some beautiful, inspiring work by Caroline Goodwin.

Below are the images from the 2020 calendar:

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The 2019 Outer Coast calendar is available from www.theoutercoast.com, or buy in stores in Sitka, or bookstores in Alaska and a few select places in the North West – including Powells Books in Portland and Elliott Bay Books in Seattle.

I’ll also be at WhaleFest in Sitka November 2-4, at the Alaska Juneau Public Market on Thanksgiving weekend, and at the Sitka Artisans Market December 7-9. I’ll also have original wood engraving prints and notecards, which are also available on the website.

Calendars are printed in color on heavy, vellum-surface Natural colored paper by Alaska Litho in Juneau, Alaska U.S.A.

This calendar features my original art, poetry by Alaskans and other greats, gardening reminders for southeastern Alaska, and wilderness anniversaries. It opens out to 11 x 17 inches (8 1/2 by 11 closed), has a handy hole for hanging, and, has complete year of 2019 on the last page. The price is $15 but there are discounts starting at two.

This year’s calendar is built around the theme of imperfection – nobody’s perfect, and that’s ok.

Poetry includes lines from William Wordsworth, Shakespeare, and Beat poet Lew Welch (1926-1971).

This calendar also features work by John Straley, novelist and poet, and some beautiful, inspiring work by Caroline Goodwin.

Below are the images from the 2019 calendar:December2019February2019January2020July2019 (2)June2019March2019May2019November2019October2019September2019image only

 

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A Still Life by Henri Matisse

The very beautiful still-life paintings by Ms. Love’s Fifth Grade class in 2015. I’ve been meaning to put these up for a while. The students first learned about color mixing. They did these paintings in one session, painting from still lifes set up with colored cloths and fruit. They are done with tempera paint on canvas board (just because the teacher had some she wanted to get used!).img_2132smallimg_2133smallimg_2134smallimg_2135smallimg_2136smallimg_2137smallimg_2138smallimg_2139smallimg_2140smallimg_2141smallimg_2142smallimg_2143smallimg_2144smallimg_2145smallimg_2146smallimg_2147smallimg_2148smallimg_2149smallimg_2150smallimg_2151smallimg_2152small

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Raven in Snow

Raven in Snow

Muskeg in the Fall

Muskeg in the Fall

Bluebells in a Whiskey Bottle

Bluebells in a Whiskey Bottle

Spring Stars

Spring Stars

Poulson wood engraving Summer Sunset Troller

Poulson wood engraving Summer Sunset Troller

Poulson engraving Opheim Skiff

Poulson engraving Opheim Skiff

Kachemak Bay T-shirt Design

Kachemak Bay T-shirt Design

My pal Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock recently published a young adult novel, The Smell of Other People’s Houses. It’s good! She has a really nice touch, it’s super well done, and gets some of that flavor of growing up in Alaska in the 1970s and 80s, which might be kind of like growing up in a lot of rural places in that era. It’s authentic without trying too hard. I read a lot of young adult novels, reading to my kids at night, and skimming things my kids bring home, and this is the cream. It’s a good book by any standard, a real gem.

Anyway her publisher, Random House/Penguin/Dell commissioned me to make pictures for the “part titles” for the four sections of the book, and a picture for the title page.

This was last summer, and the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society commissioned me to make a t-shirt design for the Wooden Boat Festival, for which I did a wood engraving of an Opheim Skiff.

All these wood engravings are available as prints, hand-printed from the block on a vintage 1929 hand-cranked proofing press.

They are all cut from 3″ x 4″ blocks, some of them, like the flowers and the skiff, on the diagonal.

They are $30 each, and can be ordered thru my website www.theoutercoast.com, or send me a message thru this blog, or FaceBook (Rebecca Poulson).

 

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At the 2015 Elementary-age Sitka Fine Arts Camp, I got to work with the 3rd through 5th graders. The first day we made abstract paintings, after looking at slides of paintings by Wasilly Kandinsky. Then we drew for two days, and the next, we painted their counselor modeling, or, if they wished, a figure, or anything they wanted.

Each group of 15 kids rotated through four classes:  music, theater, dance and visual art through the mornings during one week.

The only thing I asked on this one was that they mix three new colors for their picture.

Their work:

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Oregon, August 2014: waiting for the play in Ashland,

and, the Saturday Market in Eugene.

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And Sitka today, in September: jumping into Beaver Lake,

and hiking back down to Herring Cove.

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It’s here! You can buy on line, or from stores in Alaska and beyond, in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho! Cover 2015

More about the calendar, as well as original prints and notecards, the order form and more are at my website The Outer Coast (theoutercoast.com).

I’ve published the calendar since 1995, and in full color since 2008.

I am very proud of it being printed in the United States, in fact in Juneau, Alaska, at the employee-owned Alaska Litho.

Here is a slide show of the other images in the calendar. The poetry and quotes are by Alaskan poets Caroline Goodwin, John Straley, Pete Weiland, young poet Anja Brooks-Schmidt, with classic lines from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edward Lear, William Wordsworth, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Walt Whitman, on a theme of being in the moment.

I think it’s the best yet, but I always think that. Enjoy.

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