"Rex Beach - 9/15/11" -- plein air field study -- oil on canvas 8x16"
setup at Rex Beach 9/15/11
All day long the clouds were SO fantastic! I waited until late in the day, then drove to my favorite spot, Rex Beach. Glad I'd dressed in layers -- that wind was howing the whole time and it was pretty chilly. Here I'm looking over Grand Traverse Bay to the Leelanau Peninsula. Parts of the peninsula were getting rain squalls.
Up until this summer, I'd not tried painting in this type of format: long and narrow. It's kind of fun to do, as I get to show more of the dramatic skies.
And yes, that's a Soltek easel. After having to get the legs repaired a couple times, I've finally learned to keep the leg tips enclosed in plastic. Once sand gets inside, the legs go kaflooey! Other than that, it's been a good easel.
As usual, I had the entire beach to myself. This little park is only 3.5 miles from my house and I can drive very close to the beach. There is a turnaround at water's edge, designed for boat drop-offs, but I've seen many people get stuck there. Which is why I always park in the designated parking lot.
Although it was still light enough to paint another, I thought it would be pushing my luck. The rain squall might just hit in the middle of another painting. I packed up and stashed everything into the car, then returned for a walk along the beach. Found 2 small Petoskey stones (fossilized coral, originally formed along the coastline of Chile). Beach visits always revive me!
Sometimes it's almost dark when I walk back to my car, carrying all my equipment. That is when I think about packs of rabid coyotes, hungry bears, mountain lions on the prowl.