I’ve gotten a bit behind on posting. Summer sales are off the charts again this year, which calls for extra studio time to try to keep the galleries supplied. I know, it’s a wonderful problem to have, and it’s never taken for granted.
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An abstraction of another view of these gorgeous, light-catching boats in Petoskey, Michigan resulted in my latest painting (below). The level of abstractedness I achieved was deeply satisfying.
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I simply had to have another go at the light on that boat, so I cropped in to make him the star. (See first painting, “Bayfront.”) As it turns out, however, the sky is my favorite part of this interpretation.
When a painting has a harmonious balance, all of the supporting players are important. The light values appear lighter when placed next to the dark values. And saturated hues are all the more delicious when sitting in close proximity to a muddy or neutral color. I also stay cognizant of busy areas versus calm areas. Just as it is in daily life, balance is key. There are some days when we are more successful at achieving it (balance) than others.
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.
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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Does this make you crave fudge, by any chance? Or a leisurely horse and carriage ride? There’s something unique about Mackinac Island that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. The lake, on the bright summer day I snapped this photo, looked bright blue like this. And that white building, with its reflection in the water… . My, oh my. It almost makes my eyes squint just thinking about it.
This is my second interpretation of the Mackinac Island docks. You may have seen the first one…titled “One Last Goodbye,” painted from a view during the fall when the island was closing down for the year. That first painting just came back from a juried exhibition where it won a very nice award.
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.
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.