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.
My husband says he wants to live here, which is totally impossible because, although the lake and trees are indeed from a real photo reference, the house exists only in my imagination.
Channel (above) – A unique shaft of light cuts across the Grand Haven channel on this autumn day, turning the shaded areas on the hill to a rich burgundy. This piece should definitely be seen in person.
Have you seen the many historic farms in the Port Oneida area north of Glen Arbor? I’ve been there only once and can’t wait to go back again. Old white buildings always speak to me.
The county park, north of South Haven, MI (I wish I could remember its name) is one of my favorite stops, especially in the fall when it is almost sure to be secluded. Even in the summer, we rarely see more than a couple people there…at least during the week, when Dennis and I try to go. The top of this tall stairway beckons you to descend to a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach and dunes lining Lake Michigan. Standing by the water’s edge, you can look to the north and look to the south, and all you see is sand, water, grasses, and trees. Ahhh, pure heaven.
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.