Mackinac Island Pier

LG-Mackinac Island Pier
Mackinac Island Pier, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas. Available.

This painting was started during my demo at LaFontsee Galleries on Dec. 8. I finally added the remaining touches this week, with the goal to keep it as loose and wild as it began. Acrylic Artist Magazine, in their cover-page article about me in the Fall, 2016 issue, described my art this way: “Nelson balances abandonment with restraint.” This piece is probably one of my stronger examples of that tight-rope balancing act.

North Pier

LG-North Pier, darker
“North Pier” – 24×24 acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. Available for purchase.

This is a view of the north pier at South Haven, as seen from the south pier, which has the more memorable lighthouse. There was no wind the day I took this photo…very unusual for Lake Michigan…so both the lake and the channel were flat and calm. I therefore chose to interpret this scene with lovely neutral colors.

I had a hard time catching the essence of the painting’s colors in a photograph; the original is definitely a little different in person.