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.
Door County, Wisconsin is a beautiful place, a peninsula with Green Bay to the west side and Lake Michigan to the east and not much distance in between. Peninsula State Park is a popular place for camping, biking, hiking and cross country skiing. On Saturday, the day after my party, I walked along the beautiful Sunset Trail, so grateful for the beautiful scenery, the perfect lighting, and all the blessings of the weekend, reflecting on good friends, beautiful art, and admiration for Mother Nature.
On Sunday, yesterday, I watched an artist demonstrate his painting technique at the gallery. He uses inexpensive hardware store brushes and paints with liberation. Maybe it was my mental return to this scene, or a reckless abandon, or possibly a new-found confidence, but I loved painting this so loose and without intimidation by the oil paints. My bubble was burst when my husband asked, "What is it?"
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.