Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Workshop with my Brother

Sister Bay Sunset

This is a scene I painted while I was on a workshop with my brother in Door County two years ago.  It wasn't a "real" workshop, it was more like we decided we would create our own workshop.  My brother is an amazing watercolor artist. But due to the fact that he needs to make decent money, he is a chief creative director at a major advertising firm in Chicago. I decided I needed some plein air time and he decided he needed some time to create some real art, so we decided to go up to Door County and paint for a long weekend. 

We stayed in a tiny rustic cabin with barely enough room to turn around, but it was right on the harbor and there was beautiful scenery all around.  We went in late October, so most of the tourists were gone and the weather was cold, almost dreary.  But we didn't care.  We went all over the peninsula, scouting places to sketch and photograph.  We ate in a few of the restaurants that were still open and visited the art galleries open for the last stragglers of the fall colors crowd.  These are memories that will last a lifetime, although I would love to do it again.  

The painting I did of that trip was Sister Bay Sunset.  I painted it after I got home in colors that were vibrant and happy.  Because that's the way I felt after that short getaway. 


Maggie Latham said...

This is a HAPPY painting! Love the vibrant colours..... What a great memory of the place.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Thanks, Maggie. Yes, the memories are priceless.

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Fantastic color in this painting. I really enjoyed the posting that went along with it. You're right, a great memory -

Janelle Goodwin said...

Cara, thanks for your thoughtful comments!

Karen said...

This makes me want to visit there! I can't believe I've never been up there. The painting, and your descriptions, make it sound like such a wonderful place to paint.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi, Karen. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Door County is an artist's paradise.