Door County July 18

August 5, 2012

Plein Air July 18 – Klenke’s; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

Our oldest son is engaged to be married next summer. We decided to take one last vacation before the family expands next summer.

We looked at going out west but two things occurred to deter our destination. Fires in Colorado and my youngest son developed a stress fracture to his foot. Leg in a cast would entail wheelchair / crutches, not conducive to activities such as horseback  rides or white water rafting (maybe next summer).

Heartbreak and stress, the boys suggested a trip up to Door County, if my wife and I would not object. They could not get the statement out of their mouths before we agreed. To put focus on the family, I offered to deter “painting ventures” during the trip, though I did bring some supplies and a camera.

First few days went well, except for the sinus infection which was getting the better of me. I did manage some sketches and photos until Wednesday. Tuesday evening, the family decided that they wanted to enjoy a lazy morning on Wednesday (sleep in and read). This opened up an opportunity for me. I got up early and headed up to Ellison Bay to capture a view of Klenke’s  garage. As I arrived, I found a good view from the parking lot of a bank. The bank was not yet opened and I was not certain that my presence there would be acceptable. Fortunately, as the manager arrived, she indicated approval at my work and wished me success with my painting. Wish that I had been brave enough to go with a larger panel.

Spent the rest of the day doing family activities. Following dinner, the gang decided to venture to the Anderson Docks in Ephraim to take in the sunset, and I was allowed to bring along my paints. As we arrived, I noticed some equipment being set up. We assumed that a concert was about to be performed. I set up my gear and was into the painting before we realized that this group was preparing for a midweek church service, appropriately named The Anderson-Docksology. It was very moving to be capturing my reaction to Gods creation while hearing the words and music of this religious service. Unfortunately, it was not the most spectacular of sunsets, but it was enjoyable experience.

Plein Air July 18 – Anderson Docks-ology; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

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