Just a couple hundred yards away from my last dune painting is this sight. For locals, you will readily recognize it. This is where Lake Macatawa channels into Lake Michigan in Holland State Park. Just one of the breathtaking cities / locations along the lake.
The sun was at such a striking angle, it set this painting up for success. In fact, I feel like I couldn’t have wrecked it if I tried. Well, at least that’s how it felt…which is always a nice thing, because they don’t always work that way.
I knew this scene would be tricky to paint because of its dark values. But every time I scrolled by my photo, it beckoned to me.
We had been taking photographs at the Holland State Park, and were heading out. When we drove by these glowing lights (just past the channel, if you recognize the scene), I did that quick intake of breath which Dennis is becoming so familiar with! My camera hadn’t been ready, so we had to quickly circle around again. I almost didn’t catch the effect I was after; the lighting effects change so quickly at that time of dusk!
I stumbled upon this amazing view while meandering through the marina on our way home from Holland State Park. The sailboats were catching the last light of day and bouncing it back from their illuminated sterns so strongly, it was as if they were their own light source — in the same way the moon appears to be a light, even though it’s just reflecting the sun. It reminds me of my Father’s instruction about being a reflection of His glory. “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Mt. 5:15.