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May 2, 2010

Full Frontier - part 3

"Natural Wash" - 24" x 24" - oil

Before anymore time passes I thought that I should post the conclusion to my trip to Alaska. During the last two days we were unbelievably busy. Our main focus dealt with documenting the F-22 Raptors.

During the next two days Major Reaver helped us get so many dynamic pictures that most people will never have the opportunity to experience. We started Wednesday with a trip to the flight tower (actually on top of the tower). From there we went down on the flight line where we watched a few F-22's land within shouting distance of our group. It was both awesome and loud. Amidst our adventures we came across two rescued eagles. I couldn't pass up a chance to take some photos for my friend and fellow painter, Robert Caldwell. After we were through yelling at the eagles to look sexy for the camera we headed to the hanger for some close up photos of the planes. It was a productive day.

The next and last official day of our trip would be spent observing a C-17 being loaded for a humanitarian exercises in another part of Alaska. Believe it or not I found it quite interesting, although it was one of the colder mornings. After a good lunch we went back to the hangers to visit with a few of the technicians and to see them at work. We went back to the reserve office to say our goodbyes and thank yous.

Lastly, Ben and I went downtown to meet my friend and former classmate Stephanie Johnson. I hadn't seen her in... well let's just say a while. She was the only person that I knew in Anchorage and I didn't want to leave without seeing her. When we were in school, I always admired Stephanie's talent and her delightful personality. The trip would have been a total bust if I had missed out on seeing her.

4 comments:

davidleonard.com said...

i like it.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

What a cool opportunity to go to Alaska, and great to catch up with an old friend.

Your painting is a fabulous, layered piece going from warm foreground to cool background. It drew me in immediately.

Steven S. Walker said...

Thank you David and Elizabeth! I'm always delighted with any opportunity that the air force gives me.

Kerri Settle said...

I meant to comment on this painting weeks ago. I have to say that I love the way you handle grass in your paintings, the way it sweeps the eye upwards with little spots of wildflowers here and there. You always handle the land gracefully.

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