As you already know, if you’ve been following along with me on this journey of exploring the docks on Mackinac Island (the Water and Color series), I determined that I would allow myself to interpret this scene from every angle that grabs me. Here are two more examples.
I don’t make plans ahead of time for which direction the painting will take; I let the reference photo, the mood of the day, and even the canvas itself, lead me.
In the top painting, I chose to work from a black-and-white reference so I wouldn’t be influenced by any existing colors. There’s no rhyme or reason for the pink that showed up. Also unusual in this painting is the large amount of canvas kept in its bare white state. As the paint strokes developed around it, the white section began claiming its own reason to exist, and I simply could not paint over it. I love the way those things just happen.
Whereas the top painting shows boldness and energy, the painting below it was started on a thoughtful and inquisitive note. It has a soft, tender quality to it. Pliable, accepting.
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I hope you’re enjoying this hot, hot summer. Yikes!
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.
Visitors to Leland, Michigan are familiar with this site. The historic shanties, docks and buildings in this remarkable setting are still in operation. My favorite shop is the Village Cheese Shanty. I cannot possibly visit Leland without stopping in. The sandwiches are definitely big enough to share, but this is one place where that does NOT happen! We always need to get two, so we can try more than one kind. My favorite is the sandwich made famous because well-known chef Mario Batali likes it: I think it’s called Lake Effect. You MUST try it if you’re ever up that way! And get the pretzel bun. The place is just a little hole-in-the-wall building, and priced so reasonably, but don’t let that fool you! OK, this is one of those posts where I forget that I’m blogging about art, not food! I fell into that trap last fall when I posted my eclair adventure while on a photo expedition.
I hope you can feel the kind of hot sun that makes your eyes squint as you view this painting. And I hope that the rest of your summer brings many opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outdoors!
Well, I am totally blown away. “One Last Goodbye” was selected as a Finalist in the 33rd Annual Art Competition of The Artist’s Magazine (not to be confused with Acrylic Artist Magazine, which is publishing a full feature on me this fall). With over 5,900 “particularly strong” competition entries from around the world–according to Editor Maureen Bloomfield, I am stunned and truly grateful for this honor.
This painting also won an award at the GR Festival of the Arts Regional Exhibition.
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This is a final look at Mackinac Island as it was getting ready to close down for the winter. The idea of being on the island after the tourists all leave greatly appeals to me. A couple of my girlfriends actually stayed there all year, many moons ago, to work and attend the short-lived college. My romantic mind pictures one magical scene after another: horse-drawn sleigh rides accompanied by the jingling of the sleigh bells; large snowflakes falling gently to the ground; the hushed atmosphere created by thick layers of snow “insulation.” A picture-perfect image. But I’m sure the reality is a lot more … realistic! 😉
This piece began with a 5-color transparent wash, of which phthalo green was the main player. I had forgotten how interesting phthalo green is: when mixed with alizarin crimson, it produces such a rich black, it almost belies its cool beginnings (with alizarin crimson also being a cool hue).
My goal for this painting was: “Hold back with brushstrokes. Give just enough (or not quite enough, which is enough).” This is one of the reminders I have printed and taped to my painting table, lest I forget.