plein air field study — oil on canvas panel — 8×10"
I'd just finished painting a sunset view of the Charlevoix lighthouse. I'd packed up and was walking along the causeway back to town. It was dark. Up ahead was the drawbridge that connects Lake Michigan to Round Lake. I was struck by how beautiful the red and white light reflections were on the water! The cold winds had died down and it was almost balmy. The crowds were gone. So peaceful! And there were streetlights along the walkway, so I was able to see enough to paint. Clyde Aspevig had taught us to always arrange our colors in the same, consistent sequence "so you can get the right colors even in dim light". Thank goodness I followed his advice!
I didn't know if I could pull this one off, but I'm pleased with the result. It was really fun to do.