This scene is of the harbor in Northport from the south looking north. It was the first time I had experienced this view and it made a terrific composition with the harbor buildings to the far left and the buoyed sailboats to the right. The rest of the passage took care of itself. I like painting harbored sailboats like this.
When you hike the path from the trailhead to the Clay Cliffs overlook of Lake Michigan, you will enter a field that when you stop to turn around, you will have this incredible view of Lake Leelanau. It captured my imagination and I returned the next day with my backpack of painting materials. The last 200 yards with my 45 pound backpack tested my endurance after a 3/4 mile hike, but the final product made it all worthwhile.
This beautiful old barn sits on M-22 between Leland and Glen Arbor. On this winter day, there was enough sun to cast a strong shadow that makes the scene so interesting. Shadows 'anchor' a painting in my opinion, and when the shadow falls on a white structure, it makes it all the more intriguing. Enjoy!
There is a story behind every one of my paintings. What inspired it. Where it was painted. What kind of a day was it. Did the kids on the beach get sand in my paint. How did I remove the mosquitos that flew into the wet paint before I got it into the car. Can you find the water scene that I did without using any blue paint? It was an overcast day and the water and the sky were the same color but neither was blue on that particular day. If you see a painting and would like to hear the story that goes along with it, just let me know.