If every day of winter had sunshine and beautiful shadows, perhaps I would like it more. Our winter here in Milwaukee has been fairly mild this year, but there have been many grey days. I love the way the shadows of the trees stretch on the snow and the colors of the shadows.
This is another scene from the Sunset Trail in Peninsula State Park, Door County. Painting these last few path scenes has helped me with a large painting I have on my easel of a path leading to the sea in Hilton Head. There is a lot more to it than the path, but I feel I made good progress there today. I'll keep plugging away.
Since it is such a cold, ugly grey day here in Milwaukee, I thought I would take myself back to the warmth of summer. August 20 was the day of my first official organized plein air experience. It was hot and I was comfortable on a very small foot bridge overlooking a lovely scene. I saw my first woodchuck swimming in this shallow stream, and it was all so peaceful and beautiful. But at some point I got that uh-oh feeling. What to do with all this GREEN? In the nick of time, my friend and I turned in our two pieces, called it a day, and chalked it all up to experience. I felt like I wanted to tackle the painting again today. It's better than it was on August 20, but not something I want to tackle again.
I was away on vacation without paints for a week. I felt a little rusty today, but am eager to get back to the routine. The reference photo for this paintings was taken a little more than a week ago. Many more leaves have fallen since then.
One of my favorite places to get away is Big Bay Park which overlooks Lake Michigan in my community. At this time of year, the maples are so vibrant along the way leading to the path that takes you to the lake. This Fall I've stopped my car many times to take pictures of the trees in all their glory and brilliance, and couldn't resist the impulse to paint them. I squirted out the Indian Yellow and Nickel Azo Yellow for this one.