Plein Air at Empire

“At the Edge” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

While sipping coffee in my jammies yesterday morning I saw a photo of an ice cave on Facebook. Hot damn! That’s it! I couldn’t stand another day of painting flowers in my studio! I called my friend Lori Feldpausch, another avid plein air painter. We carpooled over to Empire, just south of the famed Sleeping Bear Dunes.

It was a bit of a walk out to the ice pileup.
Lori and I, wearing many layers. Note the giant crack just underneath my easel.

A few other hardy souls were out there, exploring. By the end of winter there are always spectacular formations, thrown up by the relentless winds.

I paused painting, turned to the right and shot this view of the floating ice balls.

When I left my house in Eastport it was about 9 degrees. During the day the temperature rose to the low 40’s, but the wind howling off the lake made it feel below-zero. We’d worn many layers of clothes, but our faces felt frozen. Eyes burned. Felt too “whupped” to do a third. I’ll post the second painting tomorrow, so stay tuned.

“Looking South at Empire” — plein air field study in oil on birch panel 8 x 10″ by Margie Guyot

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