I simply had to have another go at the light on that boat, so I cropped in to make him the star. (See first painting, “Bayfront.”) As it turns out, however, the sky is my favorite part of this interpretation.
When a painting has a harmonious balance, all of the supporting players are important. The light values appear lighter when placed next to the dark values. And saturated hues are all the more delicious when sitting in close proximity to a muddy or neutral color. I also stay cognizant of busy areas versus calm areas. Just as it is in daily life, balance is key. There are some days when we are more successful at achieving it (balance) than others.
On our trip to Petoskey to attend the reception held for myself and another artist at Somebody’s Gallery, we couldn’t pull ourselves away from this beautiful city; so we decided to extend our stay for an extra night.
On this second night, as we were once again cruising through our favorite Bayfront Park, my husband heard the familiar “OH MY WORD!”, which means he should turn the vehicle around at the next available corner and come at it again (because a stop never happens fast enough; not unless we want a rear-end pile-up). Coming around for a second time makes me impatient, because even the smallest fraction of delay can change the lighting conditions enough to lose my initial aha! moment. Thankfully, however, the second drive-by netted the amazing reflections of light that enraptured me the first time.
I’m attaching a second, lighter photo below, as the one above is possibly a little darker than the painting. The lighter photo misses the mark a little with the color of the sky.
I hope you enjoy this captured moment, and that you are seeing your own special moments around you, when the sun is showing off.
You are cordially invited to Somebody’s Gallery (Petoskey, MI) on Friday, July 7, 2017. There will be a wine and cheese reception from 6:00-8:00 pm to introduce myself and Darlene Mowatt. It would be lovely to see some of my Northern Michigan friends and collectors.
“Green Field” was painted at the Leland Plein Air Painting event on May 27, 2017. As you can see from the photo below, my husband captured the scene while I did part of it upside down. I also completed a larger piece on the same day, but since bringing it home, have plans to make some revisions to it.
That evening at the reception, we enjoyed meeting some past collectors of my work (one couple has 5 pieces!), and some new friends and collectors as well. It’s such a privilege to spend time with other artists, too, and I especially loved talking with two fun and crazy ladies who painted at the alpaca farm.
I love the orchards and vineyards on this peninsula…one right after the other, not to mention the stunning view of the bay from both sides. This little house on a hill caught my attention coming, and going, and then circling around again to see it one more time!
I love to drink in this view whenever we take the back roads home from Holland. This scene has been calling my name for over two years, but I could never get a vision for how to express it with my voice. Then all of a sudden I looked at it, and there it was. Inspiration is funny that way.