Posts Tagged ‘Sister Bay’


Sister Bay Marina

November 22, 2015
Sister Bay Marina; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Sister Bay Marina; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Made our way over to Sister Bay on a warm afternoon. Upper 80’s but very windy. The wind helped to make for a rather comfortable afternoon of painting. I was able to find a spot where a small structure shielded my easel from the wind. Our dog wasn’t so fortunate. We noticed him constantly shaking his head. We realized that the wind was bothering him. My wife took a chance and draped a small towel over his head, shielding his ears. He seemed to enjoy the headdress and settled down eventually laying down and taking a nap with his head covered by the towel.

Finished the work, packed up the gear and headed over to Husby’s for a take out pizza. Then back out to enjoy another beautiful Door County sunset. Good day.


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 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