Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sailing through the trees

I sketched this scene out front of our cabin at our annual family trip to camp on Portage Lake in Onekama, Michigan a few weeks ago. I just finished this in the studio with photos I took as reference. Summer in Michigan is a beautiful thing.
Sailing through the trees, oil, 15" x 28"

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Surrey (no fringe)

I went to the Grove here in Glenview, our National Historic Landmark. The Kennicott family built a house in 1856 that is preserved there. Parked out back, by their garden, is this carriage.
Surrey, oil, 12" x12"

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Vogue

While delivering some new paintings to my gallery in Manistee a couple of weeks ago, I set up my easel right out front and did this painting of the old Vogue Theatre across the street. Closed for the past couple of years, it holds memories for me of my summers on staff at camp nearby. Hard to believe that was thirty years ago. I saw Star Wars there—the first one, Episode 4. There's talk of a renovation, but with the bad condition it's in and the Michigan economy, it's not Coming Soon.
Oil, 12" x 9"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cedarburg Show

I submitted two painting for the exhibit after the Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Festival. This one sold in the silent auction part of the show. I guess at least a couple people liked it. It was bid up to nearly twice what I had as the starting price.
Morning paper, oil, 12" x 9"

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Camp Canoes

A rainy week at camp in Michigan but I managed to do a couple of small pieces. This, one of my favorite subjects: along the water's edge, with an "up North" feel. I'm hoping for a couple more trips up there this summer. Everywhere I drove I was seeing paintings.

The weekend in Onekama, MI, feature a day of open studios by local artists. We had a chance to visit Parke and Kooyman, a couple who have studios at there home in Chief. Very inspirational. They have re-done a old property to make two studios. One is in a barn and one in what was an old store front.