"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.
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.
It was a dreary day at Fish Creek Harbor when we painted there, and none of the boats were sailing. The paintings I made on that day were noticeably much grayer, but on a later, brighter day I drove by the harbor and snapped a picture. I am fascinated by how the water color changes so drastically with the weather.
I just returned from a wonderful week-long plein air painting trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina. We immersed ourselves (somewhat literally---my first kayaking experience) in an attempt to learn about the marshes' plants and sea life. I found it to be fascinating. The wildlife, the terrain, and the landscape are all so very different from anything we have here in the Midwest. Painting the marshes was a challenge because they change so frequently with the tide and the light. It took some getting used to. I will continue to practice now that I am home.