Textures of Jasper National Park: Stone Worn and Lichen-Grown

The trail at Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park winds through trees stunted by chilly breeze off the glaciers above

Although the Rocky Mountains of Alberta mark the boundary of Cascadia, I wanted to share this free texture collection from our midwest neighboring region. The ten textures include bark from the conifer forests of the Rockies, lichen-covered rocks from the alpine scree, water calm and rough, and stone worn by water.

Textures from Jasper National Park

Flaky conifer bark texture  at Jasper National Park

smooth conifer bark

Conifer bark dotted with dark lichen and sap at Jasper National Park

red orange lichen on brown stone

Red orange lichen explosively dots iron brown stone at Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park

Orange brown rippled stone texture

A mottled orange stone at Edith Cavell at Jasper National Park is weathered into smooth facets almost like the surface of water

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Textures of the Teanaway: Ponderosa Pine and Plants

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A glimpse of the forest on the Bean Creek Basin trail in the Teanaway.

Enjoy these textures of the Teanaway area of the Eastern Cascade Mountains of Washington State, free for artists and graphic designers to use in your commercial and personal creative projects (with attribution, see bottom of post).

The arid Ponderosa forests of the eastern Cascade Mountains remind this California transplant of the High Eastern Sierras. My first introduction to the Teanaway area was on a plant sketching expedition, through a Mountaineers native plants class, and I was bewitched. That day, we stayed at low elevation, but I ventured up the steeper path of Bean Creek Basin the day I took these texture images. We climbed through a lush creek ravine, up a sparsely wooded Ponderosa pine forest, then broke out into a more sub-alpine community with lupine carpeting the ground.

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Furrows in this Ponderosa pine bark turn dark.

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Textures of the Washington Coast: Ocean Shores and Cape Disappointment Beaches

foggy day at Cape Disappointment beach

Logs collect at the high tide mark at the beach at Cape Disappointment State Park.

Enjoy these textures of the Washington State coast, free for artists and graphic designers to use in your commercial and personal creative projects (with attribution, see bottom of post).

Washington’s Pacific coastline has sandy beaches, uncommon for those of us based in Seattle. The lapping, rising and falling water of the Pacific Ocean wears the sand into innumerable patterns: stripes, diamonds, ridges, ripples, triangles. Sand is dark, light, or mottled. Grains of different weights settle separately, forming patches of color and tone.

Ocean Shores beach sand texture

Waves leave an overlapping pattern on the sand in Ocean Shores, WA

Cape Disappointment beach sand texture

So many layers of textures in the sand – tones of light and dark, faint diamonds, poetic squiggles like icing.

Cape Disappointment beach sand texture

Subtle color variations in the sand create a visual rippling effect at Cape Disappointment State Park.

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My Creative Bucket List: Art to Make Before I Die

A lot of people have lists of things they’d like to do before they die; I have a list of things I’d like to make.

As part of my annual review process in 2016, for personal accountability that I’m actually working towards my creative goals, I’m publishing my creative bucket list with status updates. I understand that the final step of getting a novel published or selling a short story is out of my control — but I can write the best novel or short story I’m capable of to improve my odds. I’ll update this post in the future, at least annually. (Last updated December 2017.)

My creative bucket list includes writing and illustration, my current creative foci. In my day job as a graphic designer, I need to ship my work regularly. Many of my creative goals involve shipping projects, not just completing them. To me, sharing the work is an essential aspect of completing it.

What’s on your creative bucket list?

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Textures from the Subalpine Pacific Northwest

Art-Roundup-PNW-AlpineHigh in the mountains, it’s different. Wildflowers flourish in the cool wet air. Wood weathers to a moody gray-white, its stories writ in the scars on its skin. I’ve collected textures from the Teanaway area near Cle Elum, Denny Creek, and Snoqualmie Pass. These textural photos are free for use under a Creative Commons Attribution license (see bottom of page). Enjoy designing and creating personal or commercial work with these free textures of subalpine Washington!

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