"644 Late Afternoon at the Harbor" was a mini version of this scene, 6 x 6" painted earlier in the week. Many people really liked it, but I'll tell you now that I absolutely hate that painting, and it nearly ended up in the trash. After all the time I spend on it, I decided that I should post it anyway because not every day's painting turns out the way I want. There is always something to be learned from the experience, and from that experience, I learned that for this artist, those big scenes require a bigger format. This is the same scene, but is 20 x 16" and I am much happier with it.
This was a lovely scene in the harbor at the sailing center, Milwaukee, Lake Michigan, Wisconsin, where I go to study the relationships among water/sky/boats. I am still frustrated when painting these water scenes, specifically boat scenes. I am concluding that painting in a small format presents more difficulty for me, as I have had success with larger formats. Any way you look at it, I may be moving on to land soon!
"644 Late Afternoon at the Harbor" acrylic - 6x6 in
A friend of mine posted the reference photo on her Facebook page and kindly let me use it for this painting. I enjoyed painting it, and I wish I had a rowboat and a calm lake to experience the quiet stillness of a summer or fall's late afternoon.
A long-time Garden Club member is a landscape architect and she has the most beautiful property overlooking Lake Michigan. It is all simply magnificent. In the Fall, she so graciously gave us a tour of the gardens and pathways. On our way up the beautiful lannon stone steps from the Lake was this little vignette. I knew I would paint it someday.