For my Bridges of Redmond project I hope to paint 365 watercolor paintings of scenes along the Sammamish River in Redmond. To get the ball rolling, I set the goal of doing one painting a day in 2022. I won’t use all of these paintings in the show, but I hope to use many of them. I’ll be painting from photographs that I’ve taken over the years walking the river. I’ll add the most recent paintings as I go, so the painting at the bottom of this post is January 1.

May 31

Apparently geese not only like to fly in formation but also to paddle in formation. I saw this line of no less than 12 geese making their way downstream in strict order.

May 30

Take #2 on the night lights of the 90th Street Bridge.

May 29

Reflections of the 90th Street Bridge on the river.

May 28

I love the drama of the stormy clouds in May against the sparkling green of spring.

May 27

The spring sun lit up the old windmill at Marymoor and the bushes and trees along the river on this glorious morning.

May 26

The scotch broom are a-flower in May. Their yellow beauty almost but not quite outshines the sun. The golf course is behind the tree.

May 25

My wife, Jenny, has had many conversations with our kids on the trail. On this particular one, the poplar trees are lit up against the stormy grey sky.

May 24

And friends still find ways to walk and talk in the rain. Raincoats and hot coffee helps.

May 23

But most of the time May is wet and rainy and grey green. Still that has a beauty all its own.

May 22

The colors of May on the river are so fresh and hopeful.

May 21

If you walk south in the dark from our Avignon apartment you will see the lights of the 90th Street Bridge reflecting on the river. They look like this.

May 20

Here’s a second take on those delightful puddles with reflections.

May 19

The puddles after a big rain on the path that runs west of the river are spectacular.

May 18

May is a month of love, and these two lovers are enjoying their conversation among the green and gold of spring on the powerline trail path that meets up with the Rivertrail.

May 24

Here’s another view of the path on the east side of the trail. This time as the sun breaks through a cloudy sky two friends are deeply engaged in conversation.

May 16

Here’s another view of the path on the west side of the river. You can see the golf course through the trees.

May 15

This painting is of my wife Jenny and her friend Annie walking the path on the west side of the river with the evening sun lighting up the trees and casting long shadows.

May 14

This sunset was especially beautiful because of the mist over the river.

May 13

A misty morning on the river.

May 12

Heading south towards Marymoor Park there is a cement wall that is beautiful with shadows.

May 11

The sun shining through the steel bridge made quite a sight, and beyond the golf course was ablaze in evening light.

May 10

In this spot on the Rivertrail just west of Ben Franklin the trees are like a canopy overhead. Shadows dance on the trail as this man takes his dog for a walk.

May 9

The walking path on the east side of the river is beautiful in the evening sun and a perfect place for friends to catch up as they walk.

May 8

The sunsets through the trees across from our Avignon apartment are magnificent.

May 7

Here’s another take of the sparkling warm reflections against the cool rocks.

May 6

One of my favorite things is to see the reflections on the river.

May 5

Here’s another take. You can see the little gravel island where the geese love to rest.

May 4

There’s a quiet spot on the river where you can look south and see the railroad track bridge.

May 3

There are some beautiful stormy skies in May. This fellow is walking fast to get home before the rain starts to fall.

May 2

May is the month that you see a lot of babies along the river. These goslings stick in a pack with their parents.

May 1

Construction is going on to put in light rail. Here’s the view from alongside the 520 Bridge into the valley.

April 30

One morning in April I was on the Redmond Way Bridge taking photographs and I caught this scene of the morning commute.

April 29

Close up of the blue heron. My daughter’s favorite bird.

April 28

There are many elegant blue herons that live and fish along the river. Here is one taking off.

April 27

A fisherman under the Redmond Way Bridge and the blossoming trees against the dark greens and the reflections in the Sammamish River feel like spring.

April 26

Take two on that sunset.

April 25

I photographed a beautiful sunset from the Marymoor Bridge. It was a challenge to recreate.

April 24

There is a access point to the river at Luke McRedmond Park. Sometimes canoeists and kayakers launch their boats there.

April 23

The morning sun warming the apartments on the west side of the river.

April 22

Early in the morning these two walkers had the Rivertrail all to themselves and the rising sun.

April 21

There’s a little park that looks out over the river onto the Luke McRedmond Park with shelter next to the Rivertrail Apartments where we used to live. This morning the sun bathed everything in Gamboge yellow.

April 20

I was photographing the cherry tree when this young canoeist came floating by and I thought the canoe floated on the river like the cherry blossoms seem to float and hover in the air.

April 19

This painting really hits the mark for the wonder and power and energy, for lack of a better word, of that cherry tree.

April 18

This big cherry tree along the river and just south of our apartments in glorious in April full of white blossoms.

April 17

I painted this the morning of Easter Sunday. The sun lighting the trees and shrubs and grasses with warmth and beauty and sparkling color is a picture of what the resurrection of Jesus Christ means to my heart and in my life, like the life-giving joy-filling rising sun.

April 16

There is a charming path that runs along the west side of the river, more rustic and rural. Here’s a couple on a romantic walk along that trail with the Redmond Way Bridge overhead.

April 15

Another attempt to get the mood and capture the beauty of the cherry blossoms that I see across the river.

April 14

When we first moved to Redmond in September 2015, we lived in the Rivertrail Apartments. People who walk or bike the trail, will recognize this turn in the trail just north of those apartment.

April 13

Painting a painting a day has really forced me to pay attention to the changing seasons and colors along the river. I’ve learned this year that April is when the cherry blossoms bloom.

April 12

There was a glorious sunset this April. I ran out of our apartment and to the river to take photographs. This is my attempt to show the glory of God painted in the setting of the sun.

April 11

The second painting of a mother and son walking the Rivertrail. There are parts of both paintings I like more than the other. This one gets the feel of the dark clouds of April and the sunlight lighting up the trail ahead.

April 10

My wife Jenny does a lot of walking and talking on the Rivertrail. This is her with our son Jacob and dog Winnie. But it could be any mother and son and dog.

April 9

The blackberry vines grow on this cherry tree near our apartment. It made an interesting – and challenging – subject. I tried to get the cheery mood of a sunrise on the river as a backdrop.

April 8

The Leary Way Bridge and footpath on an early morning in April.

April 7

I like how this painting gets the feel of the sun overhead on a wet, wet April day.

April 6

Take #3

April 5

My second take of the bridge to Marymoor Park.

April 4

This is the first painting of the bridge to Marymoor Park and the windmill.

April 3

You can real see the colors change with the season along the river. Spring is here!

April 2

It’s hard to put on paper the foreboding skies and sunbreaks that I see over the river in front of our apartment. This is an attempt.

April 1

What could be better than to walk on the Rivertrail with a friend amidst the glories of April!

March 31

For the last day of March we have a stormy sky with sunbreak and jogger getting in his exercise rain or shine!

March 30

The sun is shining on the pickle ball courts behind the cedar tree.

March 29

The 85th Street Bridge makes for some dramatic scenes on sunny days.

March 28

The sitting lady on the Rivertrail near the Redmond’s Mayor’s Office. She changes with the seasons.

March 27

Jenny walking our dog Winnie amid the cherry blossoms on the path leading to the community of homes on the hill called Mondavio Verona.

March 26

Cherry Blossoms #2

March 25

This time of year the cherry blossoms are out on the lake next to the Rivertrail just north of our apartment.

March 24

The Sammamish Rivertrail teams with life; like this Bluebird – or maybe Stellar Jay, I’m not sure which it is – sitting on a fence I saw in an alcove along the trail.

March 23

Sunrise on the Sammamish. This is the view south from the Bridge at Leary Way looking at the 520 Bridge.

March 22

Jenny and I walked the Rivertrail one March evening and saw this fisherman under one of the bridges.

March 21

Jenny took a photo of a canoeist on the river and I painted it. Here it is.

March 20

Sometimes the morning sun sparkles on the Rivertrail. And the trail fills with people, including families enjoy the warmth.

March 19

Spring has come!

March 18

The clouds above the river are beautiful in March.

March 17

The river is teeming with life. Here are some of the ducks who call the Sammamish River home.

March 16

My wife Jenny has been asking me to paint a man who walks the Rivertrail with crows following. She had done some recon and realized that he was feeding peanuts to the crows. So here is the “Crow Whisperer.”

March 15

There are some lovely views of the river from underneath the bridges when the sun make the colors of spring bright and reflections dance.

March 14

In this version I tried to get the feel for this quiet spot on the river early in the morning with the fog on the river.

March 13

I like the colors in this version.

March 12

Same scene on a sunlit morning.

March 11

The artist has a new color palette with the coming of Spring!

March 10

I like this one the most of the three.

March 9

Second of the bush with yellow flowers. I wonder what kind of bush it is.

March 8

First of a mini series trying to portray a bush with yellow flowers near the bridge near our apartment.

March 7

The browns, reds and greys are giving way to the greens and golds of spring on the river.

March 7

Evening walkers

March 5

It was a sunny March morning for these walkers on the Rivertrail. And you can begin to see the hint of yellow and green marking the coming of spring.

March 4

Redmond based poet Ken Osborne says that walkers, bikers, skaters, etc. on the Rivertrail are like a river next to the Sammamish. The only distance is that the flow goes both ways.

March 3

Everything is still on evening walks on the Sammamish as the sun sets.

March 2

As the weather warms, more and more people get their exercise on the trail like these joggers are doing.

March 1

Spring is in the air on the Rivertrail and people, and their dogs, come out for the beautiful sunsets glimmering on the river.

February 28

Morning on the Sammamish

February 27

Geese along the Sammamish.

February 26

We came across this couple walking their dogs one February with the long shadows of late afternoon.

February 25

That same evening I photographed a fisherman under the York Street Bridge.

February 24

That same evening walk with the sunset (February 23, below), I took some photos from underneath the York Street Bridge. This is the view I saw looking north.

February 23

The same view on February evening with the setting sun as Jenny and I walked the Sammamish Rivertrail.

February 22

You can almost feel spring in the area walking the Rivertrail.

February 21

It’s not unusual for a snowfall in February. There was one this year. Here is that dusting of snow on the Power Line Hill just north of our apartment as seen from the Sammamish Rivertrail.

February 20

My second take on the poplars along the Sammamish made dramatic on a cloudy evening with the sun breaking through.

February 19

The poplars along the Sammamish River are a one of the every changing beauties along the Rivertrail and a challenge to the artist trying to capture their subtlety.

February 18

A typical misty morning on the Sammamish in January.

February 17

Take #3 on this scene

February 16

Here’s a second take on the scene of the old railroad bridge in the mist. There’s some things I like more, some I like less than the first. Room for improvement let’s say.

February 15

On Sunday morning as I drove the van to set up for church at the Hilton Garden Inn, the sun coming through the fog was breathtaking. I made a mental note. This is what I imagine I would have seen that morning from the west side of the Sammamish river looking south at the old railroad and now walking bridge in all of the glory of approaching spring.

February 14

My wife Jenny’s favorite time of day is twilight. She loves to walk the Rivertrail then. So I painted this twilight scene from the York Street Bridge looking south for her on Valentine’s Day.

February 13

The view from York Street Bridge looking south at twilight.

February 12

Twilight on the trail. Twilight is my wife Jenny’s favorite time of day and I tried to catch that mystical time.

February 11

The same view looking north from the York Bridge. I darkened the trees and water in this painting.

February 11

The view north from York Bridge near 60 Acres Park. It was built in 2006, when Rosemarie Ives was mayor of Redmond. I tried to communicate the light breaking through the low clouds. I like the atmospheric feel of this painting.

February 9

Those who walk the Rivertrail will be familiar with this scene of a couple walking the trail on the west side of river with their Golden Lab.

February 8

I love the contours of the 90th Street bridge, especially when the sun illumines brightens up the backdrop and the light from the river reflects on the bridge.

February 7

The view from the bridge at 60 Acres Park looking northwest. I love how the sunlight made the river and the trail silver.

February 6

This is my second interpretation of this scene. Again, thanks to my watercolor colleague Eileen McMackin for the inspiration.

February 5

My colleague in the Northwest Watercolor Society, Eileen McMackin, painted a wonderful watercolor of this scene. I reached out to her and she kindly shared her resource photo. I like her painting more, but here is mine.

February 4

But most of the time the colors are muted by the clouds.

February 3

When the sun comes out, Fine February’s colors pop to the walkers along the river

February 2

You get some great cloud formations in the winter, but the browns and reds and oranges and greys of February may be even more breathtaking

February 1

When the sun does break through the clouds, the Rivertrail fills with people soaking in the vitamin D

January 31

This was the sunset last evening (January 31, 2022). I had to attempt to paint it though I fell far short of the grandeur of God’s original.

January 30

The colors of the sky were so clear and pure this morning. I tried my best to capture them.

January 29

Last week I was walking with a parishioner. The sun was shining through the clouds and making the River Trail silver. I snapped a picture and did my best to recreate that moment.

January 28

Eventually the sun warms things up, the snow melts, and people walk the trail to get fresh air and enjoy the sights. The geese are out too, watching us!

January 27

This mom pulling her little girl at our Avignon apartment complex next to the river was such a sweet scene. It had to be recorded.

January 26

This is a view of the Sammamish River through the bushes I had one snowy and sunny morning.

January 25

This lovely sunrise greeted me one morning as I walked the Rivertrail.

January 24

A man and his dog walking in the snow.

January 23

One morning walk on the Rivertrail I came across these two ducks resting in the shelter of a fallen tree.

January 22

This January we had a big snow and it stayed cold. The Rivertrail packed with hard snow, and I saw cross country skiers for the first time on the trail.

January 21

One day the sky was clear and the crows on the trail made a bold pattern against the whites of the snow that covered the trail.

January 20

I love the statute of the “Sitting Lady” (that’s the name I’ve given her) next City Hall on the Sammamish River Trail. This evening she was covered in snow.

January 19

Take #2 on this scene…The snow covered branches of this fallen tree against the dark waters of the Sammamish are so pretty.

January 18

There is a tree that fell or bends into the slow moving Sammamish. I often think how picturesque its branches are when they are covered by snow and bright against the dark waters of the river. But it is not easy portraying it.

January 17

In the evening the crows rest in the trees along the Sammamish River.

January 16

My second take at this scene.

January 15

When the snow falls along the trail you can find these delightful snow blankets and puffs on the grass and bushes along the river trail. This one is captured just as the morning sun shoots its shafts of light across the trail.

January 14

I love the alizarin branches and red berries that you an attentive walker can see along the Sammamish River Trail in winter. They were especially distinguished on this day with a sprinkling of snow.

January13

Night Lights. A few years ago after a big snow, I walked the Sammamish River Trail at night with my daughter. The lights on the fresh snow were enchanting.

January 12

The footbridge across the Sammamish just north of our house. It is quite a challenge to capture the sparkle and glow of the snow in the morning sunshine.

January 11

Here’s Take #2 on the 90th Street Bridge. I lightened the water and I’m quite happy with it.

January 10

Bridges can be challenging to get right with their nuances of architecture. I tried to show the glow on the 90th Street Bridge as I came across it early one morning after a new snow.

January 9

The sunlight bursts through the trees on an early morning walk on the Sammamish.

January 8

The browns and blues of winter. And the Sunlight. Ahh!

January 7

The last of three paintings of this scene. I’m happy with the overall composition.

January 6

The second of three paintings. I’m happy with the sun on the background trees.

January 5

There is nothing like a fresh snowfall on the Sammamish with the sunlight on the west bank. This is the first of three paintings of this subject.

January 4

The lowlight of January makes sunny days especially beautiful with their long shadows.

January 3

This is my second take on this painting. I like how the trees sparkle in the light.

January 2

I took this photo on a sunny day in January. On bright days like this the trail is full of people and when the sun hits the trees it gives them a gold or bronze hue.

January 1

Through the fall and early winter walkers on the Sammamish River see massive flocks of geese overhead in their formation.

6 Comments

  1. Bobbi Samples

    I agree with Betty, they are all beautiful. I love the idea of different impresssions of mostly the same area, different moods, views, seasons, activities or visitors.
    Thanks for doing this, showing so many skills, atmosphere/colors.

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