I spent this past weekend at the Warren Sand Dunes in West Michigan. I had been craving water, sand and beachy scrub-brush recently and thankfully my family was as well!
We spent the last couple of days taking frigid jumps into lake michigan, impossibly hot hikes through the sand dunes and just immersed ourselves in the natural beauty of this side of our state. At times I had to remind myself, "yes I'm still in Michigan" as all the small towns we visited really look like quaint little seaside (as opposed to lakeside) communities. It was a weekend of rest, relaxation, beer tasting and of course, painting.
I wanted to get in a little bit of work particularly while we were at the Warren Dunes park. I had heard how massive and beautiful the dunes were, and was excited to paint in that atmosphere. I found my spot almost immediately, as this tree is the largest on the second-highest ridge visible when driving into the parking lot. I spent the next 20 minutes trudging up the side to get to it.
The tree was a perfect easel.
I sat here listening to the birds, the wind, the waves hitting the shore, and tried to soak it all in. It was hot - very hot - but the view was just so inspiring, the scene so picturesque that I couldn't do anything other than slap on another layer of sunscreen and get to work.
As beautiful as it was, I had my limits (as measured by my empty water bottle...) so once the sketches I made were relatively dry I headed back down the dune.
I've got plans for two of these (one will live forever as just a sketch) and am so excited to get to work once back and set up in my studio!