Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cave Point Morning

Arriving at one of my favorite painting haunts, I could hardly wait to jump into the paint!  The color in the water as it swirls into the rock cove is nothing short of spectacular.  I drew two different compositions, and actually adjusted the second to arrive with this landscape.  Starting with the darks, I then dropped in local color for the masses.  I worked very quickly to catch that radiant light before it changed. The beauty of this place simply takes my breath away.  Painting number 1661 in 1661 days.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sister Bay House Inked

With only an hour until the next event, there was only time for sketching.  A pouring rain had me seeking shelter, and I found several of my artist friends there under the gazebo!  Using my ink and cotton paper, I was careful to keep my sketchbook dry.  After drawing a sketch of the boats in the harbor, I turned towards the main street through town for this old house sketch.  I love the sweep of the street and the garden surrounding the house.  Such an inviting place - I would like to go sit for a spell!  Painting number 1660 in 1660 days

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hydrangea Path Home

Sunrise found me painting  hydrangea, lining a path to this house in the woods. It was cold enough for two jackets, fuzzy socks and my boots, and the light was glorious!  This was exactly whay I wanted to paint this morning.  I first sketched this scene, establishing my values, and jumped right in to paint.  The painting almost painted itself, all I had to do was hold the brush.  Painting number 1659 in 1659 days.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Boardwalk to the Beach

Morning on the beach was brisk and windy, and SO inviting!  Choosing Bailey's Harbor for my first Door County painting, the boardwalk was my lead in to the painting.  The color of Lake Michigan was deep blue to green, with gold in the waves as they approached the sandy edge.  Using my polytips for the bulk of my painting, I only brought out a soft brush for the finish. Another beautiful day for painting! Painting number 1658 in 1658 days.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Woodville Water Tower Inked

The charming town of Woodville is just down the road from my parent's house.  On a daily scouting excursion, this scene appeared before me, demanding attention!  With my favorite fountain pen in hand, I quickly drew the lines, filling the values in with my water brush pen.  I've been afraid to keep my fountain pen in the car, thinking the extreme heat might damage them.  I think I'll try it anyway, I hate to be without my favs when a fabulous scene presents itself!  Painting number 1657 in 1657 days.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Margaret's Shop

Not ready to head for home, I started a street scene in the pedestrian part of town.  There is only foot traffic here, and a gathering place for those coming in for ice cream.  The shop to the left is a favorite and local icon for kids near and far.  So many families entered while I painted, many leaving with goodies in hand!  I have had so much fun painting here - I can't wait to return.  So many paintings, so little time.  How will I ever paint all the paintings I see around me?  Painting number 1656 in 1656 days.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Kenton Row Inked

My very first drawing inside of the Lakeside Chautauqua, focusing on the cottages of Kenton Row, with the cool breezes wafting in from Lake Erie.  Set up in the deep shade under the mature trees of Central Park, this was a glorious painting day!  Having left the Missouri heat behind me, I thoroughly enjoyed this newfound comfort!  I concentrated on two cottages in this drawing and added one more to the right in paint.  I was on the fence, two or three.... and the sketch helped me to make that decision.  If I'd brought wider panels, I would have painted five of these cottages.  But alas, I did not!  Painting number 1655 in 1655 days.