Strolling by the water at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana is a serene experience. The sun sparkles on the water and the breeze blows your troubles off your shoulders. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore’s 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Even seeing the Chicago skyline 35 miles away across Lake Michigan makes it seem like the rest of the world is far away. Photo by National Park Service.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore - Wisconsin, USA
Made up of 21 islands, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is located in the northern tip of Wisconsin. The area is known for its historic lighthouses, beaches, cliffs, & sandstone sea caves. White Tail Deer and Black Bears are found in the area.
Camping is available on 18 of the 21 islands. Visitors can hire kayaks, and do a self guided tour from island to island. Scuba divers can also view underwater rock formations and sunken shipwrecks.
Over the weekend I was busy trying a bit of a different style for a piece I created for a new gallery show I am going to be part of. The Artist Guild is partnering up with a historic building in downtown Lockport and we will have an ongoing show in their 3rd floor gallery. Its a beautiful limestone building, first floor is a nice restaurant, second floor has small theater productions and the 3rd floor is a gallery space. We had a quick turn around to get art in for this one, but we don’t want to lose this opportunity. So I worked all weekend on this piece.
I was really, really inspired by some photos that @trekrider83 shared not so long ago from a place I had not heard of prior to that - called Pictured Rocks National Lake shore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The formations, the colors that appear on the rock from minerals, the amazing green blue of the clear waters - definitely a place I hope to visit someday.
So when I was trying to think of an inspiration for this piece i kept going back to photos I have seen of one formation called Petit Portal (or Lover’s Leap). And often you see folks kayaking in the photos. I thought the contrast of warm rocks and cool waters were stunning and I went with a very loose brushstroke look to this one. I am really happy with how it turned out.
I have to quickly come up for a name of this one - so if you have any suggestions I am all ears! Thanks!