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Door County 2011 – part 4

July 29, 2011

Plein Air July 24; Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Sunday morning I woke up around 7:00am. As Helen slept, I was antsy. I was still a little bummed out about my result at the Dockside Paint Out. I needed to do something. Those weather guys had predicted rain for this morning. No rain though, and look, I see sunshine. I was tempted to go for a run, but figured that traveling back to Illinois with sweat soaked running gear might not be a swift idea. After stewing for awhile (long enough to kind of wake Helen), I got a cup of coffee from the lobby and walked around the hotel grounds.

After rambling around for a few minutes, I noticed a design across the road from the hotel. Helen was waking up and indicated that she wanted to enjoy a long shower. Great. I grabbed my gear, set up and started to paint this scene. About halfway through my painting, Helen made her way out of the hotel and over to some Adirondack chairs where she relaxed. Once the painting was complete, I swiftly cleaned up, put my gear away and showered. We packed up the car, headed out for breakfast, well by this time, brunch. Meal done and paid for, we reluctantly departed Door County…for now. Off to Illinois to attend a graduation party for our niece.

It was a great, relaxing, memorable and productive four days in an area we love. I can hardly wait for the next trip up here.


Door County 2011 – Part 3

July 28, 2011

Plein Air July 23 - Windswept Day; Oil on Canvas Panel 11" x 14"

We awoke Saturday to overcast skies and a weather forecast of a cloudy morning with possible thunderstorms for the afternoon. Although the Dockside Paint Out sponsored by The Peninsula School of Art would not start until 9:00 am, we aimed to be at Clark Park in Fish Creek around 7:15 am-ish. This would be our best chance to lay claim to “a good spot” from which to paint. By the time we arrived, a fair number of artists were already in position and awaiting the start of the competition.

We made our way to a spot which I thought would work. It had a good view of my subject and would offer a little bit of shade in the event that the sun broke through the clouds. Although the spot was available, I sensed potential problems. Immediately in front of me was a set up for a “Kids Paint” family activity. I anticipated that between the kids, the paint instructors, the parents, grandparents, etc., this spot might have too much interference. I moved around and found another spot and subject matter that I thought would work.

While waiting for the competition to begin, I set up my gear and did a few drawings in my sketchbook. At 9:00am the starters horn sounded and we began our paintings. About fifteen minutes into my work, the sun was beginning to break through the clouds. Bright sunshine on the canvas is a bit blinding and makes it difficult to properly judge colors and values. About twenty minutes into the competition, I had a feeling that my design was not going to work as I had envisioned. If not for the competition and time limit, I would have wiped out the painting, found a new spot and started over. However, not a lot that I could do at this point except to go with the flow and make the best of it.

By now, the sun was out and the clouds were moving away. Seems that the weather forecasters missed this one. With the sun and clearing skies came wind. A lot of wind. Gusts of wind. The sailboats, my subjects, were constantly on the move. My canvas panel was moving. The palette extensions of my set up would routinely blow over onto my palette.  I almost lost my hat and a brush to the wind. Murphys’ Law prevailed. The gusts intensified every time that I needed to be steady for details. Most likely a very good morning to fly a kite.

Post contest evaluation. I was not elated with my results. It was a nice painting and passers-by mentioned that they liked the sky and felt that I captured the feel of the choppy waters that morning. I failed most by not sticking to my strengths. Sailboats and bays are fun to paint, but not at a competition when I lack the necessary experience. I do not get much practice at those subjects around here. I hope to participate in the 2012 Dockside Paint Out and will plan to work with subject matter ashore that plays to my strengths – sunlight, shadows, trees, and buildings.

Piles of paint and miles of canvas before next year.

Boats moored off the pier at Fish Creek

Working at the Dockside Paint Out

Working in between wind gusts

Framed and ready to install for judging.


Door County 2011 – Part 2

July 27, 2011

Plein Air July 22 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air July 22 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Feeling a bit guilty about spending so much time painting on Thursday, I resolved to devote Friday to whatever Helen wanted to do.

We ventured to The Old Post Office for breakfast on the porch which overlooks the Eagle Harbor in Ephraim. While eating, we noticed a Golden Retriever meander onto Rt 42. Thank heavens it has a 25mph speed limit in this area. A couple cars did have to pause to allow the dog to cross the road. I put down my fork and went across the road to help this dog before he got hurt. I was able to get hold of the dogs collar. The collar contained his owners address and telephone number. The collar also let me know that his name is Enzo. Another person on the scene used their cell phone and contacted the owner. Moments later owner and dog were reunited. One good deed for the day.

We proceeded to The Peninsula School of Art where we were able to view a number of works by the featured artists. I helped one of the artists with hanging one of his works (good deed number 2). We ventured back to Clark Park and visited with a couple artists who were preparing for Saturdays Dockside Paint Out. We made a number of other stops in Fish Creek and Egg Harbor to pick up souvenirs and gifts for family and friends. Toured the area around Rowleys Bay and Baileys Harbor. By mid-afternoon, Helen was out of ideas. She needed a break before dinner.

We stopped at Anclam Park in Baileys Harbor. While Helen caught some rays and read a book, I painted. I finished and it was time for an early dinner.

After dinner, we made our way to the marina at Egg Harbor to take in the sunset. Could not contain myself. A scene along the shoreline caught my eye. I painted while Helen read and then took some reference photos of scenes around the marina.

Painting at Anclam Park in Baileys Harbor


Door County 2011 – Part 1

July 26, 2011

Plein Air July 21 #1, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air July 21 #2, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Plein Air July 21 #3, Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

My wife has spent the past 2-1/2 years completing graduate courses. Classes are finally over. It was time to rest and relax. We left our sons in charge of the house and headed up to Door County for a few days. Conveniently for me, the trip coincided with The Door County Plein Air Festival.

We entered DC Wednesday afternoon. After a stop at The Artists Guild (an art supply store) and Woodwalk Gallery, we checked into our hotel. After dinner up in Gills Rock, we made our way to Waterfront Park in Sister Bay to witness the Sunset Paint Out. Forty artists spread throughout the park, painting designs inspired by the sunset over the bay. Got the opportunity to visit with a few of the artists.

Following breakfast Thursday, we made our way down to Clark Park in Fish Creek. It was a day of relaxation. I painted, Helen caught a few rays and read a book. I completed two small paintings in the morning. After lunch, I completed one more painting while Helen visited with a couple onlookers and later, took a short nap.

By mid-afternoon, I put the gear away. We made our way to the main drag, visited a few shops and then dinner. We then traveled down to Egg Harbor. Artists were painting sunset scenes at Woodwalk Gallery, Plum Creek Pottery and the marina. We visited all three locations.

One long day. For resting and relaxing, we were pretty tired.

Working on painting #2 - Malibu Moo's

Working on painting #2 - Malibu Moo's. From Clark Park, Fish Creek, Wisconsin