Posts Tagged ‘Lake Michigan’


Clouds Over Rieboldt

August 30, 2015
Clouds Over Rieboldt; Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Clouds Over Rieboldt; Oil on Canvas 11″ x 14″

A couple of years ago, I created a small, 6″ x 8″, painting of this location. It was a nice little painting but not real exciting. The other day, we had beautiful clouds all afternoon. Later, back in the studio, I came across the Rieboldt painting and decided to play with the landscape design with the cloud patterns infused into the design. Not happy with the photo (still dealing with the new camera, computer and software learning curve) but happy with the painting.


Cave Point and Sister Bay Sunset

September 24, 2014
Cave Point; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Cave Point; Plein Air Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

During a trip to Door County Wisconsin, we spent the morning painting at Cave Point Park. The first painting did not turn out so well, but before we left, I found a little spot with this view. I was tucked into the trees and was somewhat hidden from the people at the park. My wife got a kick out of watching people as they walked past me and suddenly were surprised to find out that someone was there. Painted this one fairly quickly.

Sister Bay Sunset; Plein Air Oil on Canvas 6" x 8"

Sister Bay Sunset; Plein Air Oil on Canvas 6″ x 8″

After lunch, we ventured north to another park along the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula. My wife spent some time on the beach enjoying the sun and sketching.  I spent the time painting a scene along a wooded trail. My painting was progressing nicely when the wind changed and the temperature dropped. It got chilly in a hurry. People got off the beach and left the park quickly.  Eventually we gave into the cold. Unfortunately the painting was not completed.

We headed for an early dinner. By the time we finished dinner, the wind subsided and the temperature got a little more comfortable. We made our way to Sister Bay to take in the sunset. I managed to get this painting done in the process.


Cave Point

June 4, 2014
Cave Point #1; Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 6"

Cave Point #1; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 6″

I decided to play with some sketches made last October during a visit to Door County. This scene is on the Lake Michigan side of Door County.  I worked the background quickly so that I could figure out how to work and unite the tree foliage the rock formations  and the foreground. After finishing the painting, I was especially pleased with the colors in the clouds. Credit that success to blind intuition, or perhaps to the gods of art.