"Banks Twp. Park - Ice Chunks" -- plein air field study -- oil on canvas 8x16" -- Margie Guyot
It was another glorious, sunny day here, so I decided to venture up to Banks Township Park. Pulled on my long underwear and ultra-heavyweight down coat. And this time I wore hiking boots with ice grippers. Unlike Barnes Park (see previous post), Banks Park lacks a steep hill, allowing the icy winds to sail right along.
Things always are exciting out on that point. I set my gear down and walked all around, looking for the most amazing spot. What I loved was the little area of ice chunks that had floated into a cove. Everything was freezing shut again. The colors were subtle, but I was fascinated by this view. Again, I'm looking south, towards Elk Rapids and Traverse City.
One of the advantages to using a Soltek easel is the sides flip up, allowing the palette surface to be shaded. Trying to mix colors on a palette that's in bright sunlight is pretty difficult.
After finishing this one I hiked around a little, but when my boot fell into another small crevass, I decided to quit when I was ahead!