Posts Tagged ‘Anderson Docks’


Before the Flair

February 23, 2019

Before the Flair – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Decided to create a work with some dramatic color as well as a subject which might appeal to Woodwalk Gallery clientele. I utilized a plein air oil sketch of Anderson Dock, the boats and distant peninsula. I used a photo reference for the sunset. The boats at the left margin gave me a challenge. I needed the boats to read but needed to subdue the value of the reflected light.



Remember Me

December 13, 2015
Remember Me; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Remember Me; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Out early in the morning and back out to Anderson Dock in Ephraim. This structure has been painted many times by many artists from many angles. Interesting structure with an interesting twist.

Long story short, visitors are invited to sign their names onto the building. A sort of legal graffiti. Yes, our name is on the building and we make a point of updating it every year.

BTW – Welcome Jean


Shadows on Anderson House; Beach at Egg Harbor

November 16, 2015
Shadows at Anderson House; Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 6"

Shadows at Anderson House; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 6″

On vacation in Door County. My wife wanted to sleep in, so I took advantage to go out to Anderson Dock to paint. Came up with  couple good ideas, but decided to do a small, quick painting of some interesting shadows across the Anderson house. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending how you look at it, I encountered several distractions. First, I was interrupted by an artist whose work I admire. He was down by the dock to capture some reference photos for a workshop he would conduct in a few days. Interesting conversation and well worth the time.

A few minutes after returning to my painting, I was interrupted by a couple who were very interested in my work. Again, a very constructive conversation. Again, returned to painting. As I was nearing completion of what was supposed to be a quick warm-up, another interruption. Again, welcomed the conversation.

As I finished this work and decided to move to what was to be my primary painting, I realized it was now late morning. My shadows were gone. Pack up the gear and head to the cottage for lunch.

Beach at Egg Harbor; Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Beach at Egg Harbor; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

After lunch, we decided to go to spend an afternoon at the beach. Because we had our dog with us, we were unable to be on the beach. We found a nice spot in the park and enjoyed shade from a tree. I saw this couple enjoying the day from the comfort of some Adirondack chairs and decided to paint them. Hopefully I could lock them in quickly before they moved.

I started and was moving swiftly when it happened. No. The folks stayed. The problem was that another couple arrived to enjoy the beach and decided to set their blanket directly between me and my subject. Had they set up ten feet either direction, I would still have my view. Oh well. I kept painting. About ten minutes later, I rejoiced. The couple in front of me decided to move to a different spot.

Great, now I have a clear view of my subject. Oops, only a couple minutes later, my subjects decided it was a good time to leave their chairs and go to spend a few minutes in the bay. They returned about fifteen minutes later and I was able to complete my painting.




Eagle Harbor Morn, Andersons, Eagle Harbor Sunset

September 26, 2014
Eagle Harbor Morn; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Eagle Harbor Morn; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

While my wife went for an early morning stroll, I set up on the hotels beach to capture the harbor in the morning light. It was a lot less windy than the conditions which I fought the night before. Very calm. Moved fast and still had to battle to keep the vision. Took about a half hour to get this one done.  About the time I finished, my wife had just returned from her walk. We cleaned up and headed into town for breakfast at The Old Post Office.

Andersons; Plein Air oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

Andersons; Plein Air oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

Following breakfast, we headed over to the Anderson dock. A lot of possibilities. Took a few minutes to move around and make some sketches. Settled on this design. It was sunny when I started but then clouds moved in. The sun peaked out a couple of times, but most the time I worked in filtered light. Finished a little before noon. We had lunch and I started on another painting. The second painting was proceeding well until the rain came. Quickly got my gear and supplies back to the car.

It rained throughout the afternoon. About dinner time the rain let up and it appeared that we might get a sunset. After dinner, we got back to the hotel. The plan was to grab my paint box. Load it with paint and with minimum supplies, walk into town to catch the sunset. Unfortunately, about a half way to town, it started to rain. We half ran, half walked back to the hotel . Felt like I was in some sort of Twilight Zone episode. As we got back to the hotel, the rain stopped. Rather than go back into town, I set up across the street from our hotel and captured what sunset we had (below). I was wet and cold, but got another painting done.

Eagle Harbor Sunset; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x  8"

Eagle Harbor Sunset; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″


Anderson Dock

June 27, 2014
Anderson Dock: Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Anderson Dock: Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

I was starting to get the itch to get back to Door County Wisconsin. I had finished a larger painting but still had an hour or so before dinner. I flipped through my sketch book and found a pen sketch which I created during a trip last fall to DC. The sketch was made during a late morning stop at Anderson Dock in Ephraim. I decided to play with the sketch as how I thought it could appear at sunset. Had fun and finished before dinner (okay, my wife delayed dinner for a few extra minutes while I finished this).


Paintings for Woodwalk Gallery 2013

May 6, 2013
Anderson Docks; Ephraim, WI

Anderson Docks; Ephraim, WI

Spring break for my wife and I take her somewhere warm, like….Door County Wisconsin.

As my spring break at Rock Valley College and my wife’s spring break with the Rockford school district never coincide, I promised that I would make some schedule alterations so that we could go somewhere warm for her spring break. When we realized that her 2013 spring break would be mid-April, we thought it silly that we would need to travel anywhere else to enjoy warm weather.  This year was different as winter drags on.

Through a series of events, we found out that she would be hosting a party for thirty people at the end of her spring break. Added to that, I needed to deliver new works to Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor Wisconsin between the 19th and 25th. Rather than travel somewhere warm, we decided to make a trip into Door County to deliver the works and get back to Rockford so Helen could finish all preparations for her party.

I had hoped to deliver the works on the 15th, Monday, but the owners of Woodwalk indicated that they would be on the east coast and not returning until the 18th. They agreed to meet with me the morning of the 19th to retrieve the eight works remaining from 2012 and exchange them with ten new works for the 2013 season.

I decided to bring fifteen works on the trip. I thought that perhaps it would be wise to allow Woodwalk to select works which they felt would best suit their clients. So we left Rockford on Wednesday in pouring rain and made a couple stops in the Chicago area before heading through downpours as we headed north into Wisconsin. As we traveled north of Milwaukee and out of the rains, we were reminded that winter was still hanging on – snow drifts remained along the roads.

Door County is a summer vacation mecca not a spring break destination. Several of the shops and many of the restaurants were still a week or two from being open for the season. While staying flexible on our demands for meals we were able to dine at restaurants which usually have long waiting lines. Then again, Helen took part in an event at one establishment and we left a dollar bill and a quarter suspended from the restaurant ceiling.

Fast forward to Friday morning. We were to meet with Margaret at Woodwalk Gallery at 10am. A snowstorm is heading this way. Heavy snow showers predicted. At about 9:00am, I mentioned to Helen that while Margaret indicated that she would be on the east coast, she did not say where they would be. My concern was based upon the insane act which hurt numerous people and upset the tradition of The Boston Marathon.

Turns out the the owners of Woodwalk were in Boston but managed to get out just before the lock down. Bad weather caused their flight to get re-routed. Due to a very late return to Egg Harbor, they were not able to retrieve four of my works which were on display at a local winery. Add to that, there was a power failure and the Egg Harbor area was now without power.

Due to all the complications, Margaret asked that I leave all 15 works delivered plus the four works at the winery. Since I will be a featured artist at Woodwalk this July, I guess that’s okay.

Delivery of paintings to Woodwalk Gallery April 2013

Delivery of paintings to Woodwalk Gallery April 2013


April in Door County

April in Door County



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″