Friday, June 15, 2012

"Port Gamble House 1" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Port Gamble House 1" 8x12 oil on panel  SOLD
It's time to start posting some of the plein air work I have been doing lately. We took the opportunity to get over to Port Gamble a few weeks back on one of our rare, sunny, warm days. I did two paintings of the houses in town.
Port Gamble is such a peaceful quiet town now but it hasn't always been like that! I did a little research on PG because it is such an old, historical area in Kitsap county.   This from Wikipedia;

Battle of Port Gamble

The body of water was named by the Wilkes Expedition in 1841 after U.S. Navy Lt. Robert Gamble. The community, originally known as Teekalet, was founded as a company town by Josiah Keller, William Talbot, and Andrew Pope's Puget Mill Company in 1853.[5]
In 1856, the USS Massachusetts was sent from Seattle to Port Gamble, Washington Territory on Puget Sound, where indigenous raiding parties from British and Russian territories had been raiding and enslaving local Native Americans. When the warriors refused to hand over those among them who had attacked the Puget Sound Native American communities, Massachusetts landed a shore party and a battle ensued in which 26 natives and 1 sailor were killed. In the aftermath of this, Colonel Isaac Ebey, the first settler on Whidbey Island, was shot and beheaded on August 11, 1857 by a Haida raiding party in revenge for the killing of a native chief during similar raids the year before. British authorities demurred on pursuing or attacking the northern tribes as they passed northward through British waters off Victoria and Ebey's killers were never caught.[6][7]
The first school in the county went up in 1859, and the community took its present name in 1868. In 1966, the town of Port Gamble was designated a National Historic Landmark District.[8] In 1985, Pope & Talbot, the successor company to Puget Mill, split into Pope & Talbot and Pope Resources,[9] the latter of which took over the site and the sawmill. In 1995, the mill shut down after 142 years, making it the longest operating sawmill in the country.[10]
Walker-Ames house in Port Gamble, WA.
Port Gamble was the setting of and filming location for the 2010 film ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction.

1 comment:

Lavon said...

LOL.. Zombies eh....Lovely as usual. Nice soft color palette. I should have checked out your handy plein air outfit. How do you attach your boards to easel whilst doing a painting? I am soo missing Washington!!!