This is one of three paintings I finally resolved … all in the last 24 hours. Two of them had been puzzling me for quite awhile. Some of my friends have commented that it’s because I’m isolated due to the Coronavirus lockdown in Michigan. But I have to say, I work in isolation quite a bit. I think it’s more likely because I had a dose of some dark chocolate after supper (something I never do)…and then went down to my studio to work at 11:30 pm. I’m VERY effected by even the smallest amount of caffeine!! Ha!
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Another painting inspired by the beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. I believe the photo which inspired this painting was given to me by Becki, the owner of Mackinac’s Little Gallery. If you’re ever on the island, make sure to check out the gallery (and this painting, which will be there, along with a number of others from me).
Whenever we head up north for the day (or a few days), we pass through the middle of downtown Grand Rapids in the morning. If the sun is shining, this is the amazing view we see! I always forget it’s coming, and end up having to lunge to grab my camera. You only get one shot on the highway’s speedy S-curve before it’s gone! I feel quite pleased that, at least this time, I didn’t get cheated!
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.
October was an “Aha!” month. I painted over, or made necessary revisions to, five paintings! This is one of them. Its first identify (much darker) was chosen for a top-notch juried exhibition, and I personally liked it a lot. But I couldn’t hang it in my own home (although I tried), because it came off too severe. So I softened and whitened the daylights out of it.
For the curious, below is a photo of the original version. Last is a photo of the revision, hanging happily on the wall.
Sienna Glimpse is about the many subdued colors which autumn brings to the fields, crops, grasses, and bushes. They are stored in my mind and heart; but what pleasure I derive from seeing them in person when autumn brings them back to me once again. Many of the subtle nuances in this painting can be seen only (or much better, at least) in person, such as the slight appearance of a dark, warm purple. Yes, it’s really there, and is one of my favorite parts of this piece.
And it wouldn’t be autumn without the fireworks of the blazing trees of reds, yellows and golds. Those will undoubtedly make an appearance on my palette soon, for we are now approaching peak season here in the middle of Michigan!
Do you recognize this cityscape from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile? And if so, do you know if that far building in the center (the one with the unique shape) has a name? As I drove south, snapping photos, that particular building kept drawing me in. It might need to be painted again.