Saturday, August 1, 2009

Michigan Dunes

A lot of the plein air tradition in America comes from the California artists of the nineteenth century. The California coast can be very inspiring. I've had a chance to paint there a couple of times in the Newport/Laguna Beach area. Some of today's best plein air artists are based there. I'm looking forward to going back, but it's along ways away. Luckily for me, I have Michigan. The dunes on the West shore are spectacular.

Last weekend I was up North to drop my daughter off at camp and had a day to paint. I did one at Point Betsie that I'm not real happy with. But it was good practice for a larger one I'd like to do. Then I went over to a coastal lookout in Elberta. This is a view looking South.

Michigan shore, oil, 10" x 12"


Double "D" said...

My favorite side of Michigan.
Beautiful painting David.
Keep that brush moving.


Jane said...

This should hang in my office to remind me of the beauty of God's green (and blue) earth.