I published the first of my series of Door County paintings today on ArtByUs. I opted for a winter setting because frankly at some points during our vacation it felt nothing like spring/summer at all. That’s the thing about Door County. Unlike home, when there’s a chance of rain it means it’s going to rain. The percent chance is just talk. Actually, I had something different in mind for this painting and when I began the present work, I hadn’t realized that I was using the other side of an abandoned work. Not that it detracts from the scene, but those things happen sometimes.
Open Gate, watercolor on paper, 9″ x 6″, Available at Weborg Lodge
The setting for this painting is Cana Island where the appropriately named Cana Island lighthouse is located. Interestingly, visitors can now climb up to the tower and walk the catwalk as it were. You can get an idea from this painting.
See that black railing? It feels like it’s about a thousand feet up. It’s actually about 65 feet. I must confess not to climbing the tower, but consenting to be in a photograph my husband took from the top looking down at me, waiting patiently for his return.
The waters were wild that day we visited. I have enormous respect for the seas, which Lake Michigan is–an inland sea. How can you not when this is coming right at you?
We were reminded of the impact of weather our second night when the electricity went out in the campground during a wild storm. Park staff inexplicably locked the shower house, the one safe shelter in the place. I can’t recall ever feeling so vulnerable and at the mercy of whatever was going to come our way. Needless to say, inspiration for my “Nature of Door County” series.