Dunes at Macatawa

Dunes at Macatawa – 30″ x 40″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available.

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.

Happy summer,


Macatawa Greets the Evening

LG-Macatawa Greets the Evening
Macatawa Greets the Evening, 24″x36″ acrylic on canvas. Currently on exhibition at the Walburg Gallery in Grand Haven.

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!



"Illuminated!" - 40"x30" acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.
“Illuminated!” – 40″x30″ acrylic on canvas. Available for purchase.
Foreground portion of "Illuminated!",  with better lighting.
Hopefully this photo will give you a better idea of the foreground portion of “Illuminated!”. In real life, it’s not as light as this, but at least it shows more detail than the full photo at the top. Ah, the limitations of photography in trying to accurately depict a painting.  🙂

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.

This 40″x30″ painting is available for purchase.