Posts Tagged ‘Egg Harbor Wisconsin’


Birch Trees

February 22, 2019

Birch Trees – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Late autumn and I was stuck in my studio. In light of a conversation with Woodwalk Gallery, I decided to create a small work that might have appeal to the Door County crowd. I love finding the birch trees along the less traveled roads. Each tree cluster has its own personality and design opportunities. I created this oil painting using a small watercolor sketch created last summer while we were in Door County. I will probably challenge my advanced watercolor students to paint this design prior to offering it to Woodwalk later this spring.


Door County

November 7, 2017

Waiting for Calmer Weather – Plein Air – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 6″ x 10″

My wife and I went to Door County Wisconsin for vacation. Our youngest was able to take a few days of vacation and joined us. Not much time reserved for painting though I managed to use open time to my advantage.

One of the days was rather cool and very windy. Wife and son decided they wanted to do some reading down at the public beach. I managed a watercolor despite the best efforts of the wind to cause disruption.

One morning we spent time at a park which overlooks a harbor. Son read and slept. Wife read. Dog slept. I captured a watercolor while a yoga class was in session nearby.

My wife took in a local farmers market and came back with a few items including a bouquet of flowers. Over the next few days, I did a couple paintings of the bouquet.

Although not a very productive trip, as far as my art was concerned, but it was very relaxing for my wife and son.

Egg Harbor Morn – Plein Air – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 6″ x 10″

Door County Bouquet – Plein Air – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 9″



Egg Harbor Regatta

August 18, 2016
Egg Harbor Regatta - Oil on Canvas Panel - 8 x 16

Egg Harbor Regatta – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8 x 16

Traveled to paint at the beach in Egg Harbor. Had intentions of painting the view further to the east, but the attraction  of capturing the regatta was too much. Fortunately found a spot by a picnic table that also offered shade from a tree. Clawed really enjoyed the shade and slept most of the time. As I was in the final stages of completing this painting, a group of friends set up camp nearby. Thought it funny when one of the young women was surprised by Clawed being there. Evidently he was so relaxed and she was oblivious to his being right out there just a few feet from where she set her towel.



August 11, 2016
Woodwalk - Oil on Canvas Panel - 6 x 8

Woodwalk – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6 x 8

Stopped by Woodwalk Gallery to look for painting opportunities. Spent time walking the property before settling on this view of the entrance…where I started. Oh well. Loved the look of the shadow from the overhead light fixture as it washed across the wall.


Peninsula at Eagle Harbor

August 1, 2016
Peninsula At Eagle Harbor - Oil on Canvas Panel - 9 x 12

Peninsula At Eagle Harbor – Oil on Canvas Panel – 9 x 12

Recent trip to Door County. Had a few hours before I was to present a new painting (Homage to Dvorak) at Woodwalk Gallery. The day was too nice, I had to get painting. Found a shaded spot adjacent to the Ephraim boat launch. Can’t figure out how I was so close to the walkway and yet only a few people came near my painting area. Relatively undisturbed painting time. Had fun working to capture the beautiful clouds.


Spring Selections at Sunnypoint

July 15, 2016
Spring Selections at Sunntpoint - Oil on Canvas - 11" x 14"

Spring Selections at Sunnypoint – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 16″

Though still rather cold outside, the summer planting season approached. I decided to work this painting from sketch made at a garden center last spring. Sunnypoint is a gardener’s mecca in Egg Harbor Wi.


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.