Posts Tagged ‘beach’


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.




Fish Creek Boathouse

September 7, 2015
Fish Creek Boathouse; Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Fish Creek Boathouse; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

Traveled to Door County for a weekend get away. Saturday we made our way over to a beach in Fish Creek. Had a picnic then, while my wife was reading a book and enjoying the sun, I sketched some kayaks setting on the beach. Later I captured a quick little painting of a nearby boathouse.


Plein Air – Ellison Bay

July 25, 2013
Ellison Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Ellison Bay; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

Did some touristy running around in the morning. After lunch, we went to check out a new beach. Up to Ellison Bay. It was sunny during the early afternoon which made for tough painting. (The first painting turned into a stinker and is now resting under a fresh coat of Gesso). After giving up on #1, I checked with Helen who was still enjoying her leisure under the sun.  On to painting #2.

Not a very interesting subject, but it was fun to paint. Had one of “those” plein air encounters. A woman came over to take a look at my work. Only a few moments lapsed before she started to offer her advice (although she admitted that she was too scared to plein air paint merely painted from photographs). This should be real good advice.

After a few minutes, she decided to go back and visit with her family. About twenty minutes later, she was back and asked if I was going to make my painting into a sunset. It was  only about 2:30pm. I was not planning on staying in this spot that long. She proceeded to share with me a story about a sunset which she witnessed during a plane flight. After she arrived home she created a painting based upon the memory of the sunset. I was told that all of her friends thought that she really did a marvelous job. Perhaps, though I do wonder if any of those friends purchased the painting. Now that would be THE compliment.

My subject was to the west/southwest of my spot. The woman than offered the idea that clouds would be good for this work. Good idea however, none present anywhere near my view. As she noticed me scanning the sky around the scene, she let me know that there were clouds behind me, those would work well. I was about to offer to sell her the painting and would therefore put anything in the painting which she desired. Alas and thank goodness, she departed with her family.

I don’t mind people visiting to look in and see what I am doing. I even appreciate those that approach me and advise me that they too are painters but have a few questions about my equipment or are looking for some advice.  But I do cringe at those who find it necessary to instruct me how to plein air paint, especially when they admit to being studio painters who work only from photographs. Someday I hope to be approached by someone whom I know to be a very good plein air painter and offers me unrequested but very good advice on painting the subject before me. I would enjoy eating my words. Until then….


Plein Air – Egg Harbor

July 23, 2013
Beach at Egg Harbor; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

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

Arrived in Door County late Saturday afternoon. After checking into the cottage, we cleaned up and headed out to have a nice dinner. We took our time making our way back to the cottage. Unfortunately, no impressive sunset tonight.

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

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

Sunday morning. A bit cloudy, chance of isolated showers. After breakfast we decided to check out a beach down in Egg Harbor. Only a few people present. Found a pair of Adirondack chairs available and put them to use. Helen read and people watched while I played with my paints. Got two little paintings done while enjoying the morning. As the day wore on, more people came out to enjoy a great day at the beach. By early afternoon, we decided to pack up, go back to the cottage for a light lunch and get cleaned up for the opening of my exhibit “Shadows” at the Woodwalk Gallery.



Plein Air – Lost Nation

September 5, 2011

August 16 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

August 16 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

The Eagles Nest group opted to paint at a subdivision a few miles south of Oregon. They have several public areas which offer good subjects. I brought Clawed.

Upon entering the village, I spotted a few members who were set up and painting at a beach. I set up near them, at a shaded spot in the grass. Clawed sniffed around the area for several minutes and, after greeting the other members, found a place to lay down and relax. As I started the first painting, the scene was in full sun. About two thirds of the way through, I realized that clouds were moving in. Quick mental notes about the sun saved me.

It was almost 11:30am when I finished my first painting. The other members were still at work. I decided to try to complete another painting before lunch. Soon after I set to work, the other members started to clean up and break for lunch. I worked quickly and finished #2 just about noon.

Following lunch, Clawed and I headed home. I did some work in the studio while Clawed caught up on his sleep.