Over the past couple of days THIS is what has been keeping me busy. This painting is quite a bit larger than my normal work. It was a lot of erasing and re-drawing but I really like the end result. I'm hoping to do some more larger paintings in the near future.
This painting's destination is the front window at Northgoods where Anne has been working on a spring set up. When you stop by the shop be sure to mention how much you love the trilliums she made for the display!
Sturgeon River Pottery is a favorite destination place here in Petoskey. You'll know it when you see it. If you're driving from Petoskey to Charlevoix on US-31 it'll be on your left just a short drive from town.
They've been around for over 30 years now and was originally founded in Wolverine. Steve and Karen Andrews offer high quality pottery made by themselves and a select few other artists. Upstairs is a working studio where you're invited to take a peek. They have open demonstration days where you'll be sure to catch an artist at work.
Sturgeon River also offers other unique items and a wide range of wild bird supplies and outdoor furniture.
This place was a LOT of fun to paint because there is so much going on! The large metal sunflowers along the front offer wonderful little pops of color. The porch is filled with dozens of different things. I simplified it all for the sake of the painting but I hope the eclectic-ness of the place still shows through!
It's a place to check out next time you come up north!
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I'd like to thank those of you who are helping to make my art hike to Pictured Rocks this summer a reality. I'm truly thankful for those who have offered support in this endeavor.
Remember, if you donate $50 or more then you will receive a free copy of my book when it is complete later this summer! Please remember to add your name and address in the comments section of the donation to be added to the list of book recipients.
I really am looking forward to this trip and being able to paint and sketch all of the beautiful sites along the 42 mile trail. When I am done I hope to hold several educational lectures about my time on the trail and my discoveries. I'd also like to reach out to the community in other ways so if you have any suggestions they would be welcome!
I'd like to offer an explanation as to why I sometimes don't post for days. As easy as it would seem to be an artist, making your living by painting pictures all day, you still get caught up in other aspects of daily life. The house needs to be cleaned, appointments call you out into the real world. I had been procrastinating. Putting things off until they could no longer be ignored. Now I am taking care of those things. I will be back to painting and posting soon. I hope to have my newsletter out by this weekend.