Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Surrounded by Fire

Detail, Fire on the Ridge
Detail, Fire on the Ridge
Fire on the Ridge, Watercolor, 24 x 40

It's not new, but it's alarming every time. This time the notice of possible evacuation became an actual evacuation, and we were out of our canyon home for three nights. My sister in Yorba Linda barely escaped losing her home (but thank goodness she did - her neighbor behind her was not so lucky). Here in Carbon Canyon, Sleepy Hollow, no houses were lost. This painting is from a previous Carbon Canyon fire, in which we were not evacuated because a month before, a different fire had burned everything near our homes. We hiked up to the top of our hill to see the flames crowning the next hill top.

Thank you to all the well wishers who called to make sure we were safe! And a huge THANK YOU to Julie and Steve, who put us and our neighbors up at their home in grand fashion for the duration of the evacuation.


Erika Nelson said...

Excellent depiction; they actually give that panicked and fear because the smoke and flames look so alive! You'd make a great journal artist!

I'm so glad you are all safe! I can relax again :)

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

sorry but I'm tagging you. :)

Hillary Miller said...

Irit, you are sorry? Isn't it supposed to be compliment? Or do you tag people to bug them? I guess I'll figure out the answer after I play the game! tee hee!

Suzanne McDermott said...

I had no idea that you were so close. I thought you were much farther north. Anyway, I'm glad that you and your home are safe, that you had good neighbors and friend to help you along and that you've posted these great fire paintings for us.

Hillary Miller said...

Erika and Suzanne, thank you for your good wishes. We're so happy that everything and everyone is okay!