"Sunset #1: Rex Beach 8/15/10" -- plein air field study -- oil on canvas panel -- 8x10" -- Margie Guyot
It's been very windy here the past couple days, so when I first got down to Rex Beach I prowled along the shoreline, hoping to find a Petoskey stone or two. The waves usually bring them in. No luck. I was killing a little time, waiting for the big cloud bank to move south a little more.
The view was spectacular! I could see patches of heavy rainfall out over the lake. Somebody was getting pounded. I found out later Harbor Springs, Petoskey and Charlevoix were catching hell. Dry as a bone where I stood (just north of Eastport).
But the wind! It was difficult to paint a straight horizon line with my hand being buffeted by the wind gusts. I looked up and saw the sun in this position, peeking out for one last look before being covered by the clouds.
The view changes by the second! There's the urge to keep changing the painting, but I've learned from experience not to do this too much. You can drive yourself crazy, following the endless changes.