Hints of Spring at last! Sun shining. Snow melting. My friend Lori Feldpausch had invited me to join her and Mark Mehaffey for a day of plein air painting out by Glen Arbor. But I almost didn’t go. The day before, I’d had one of those dreaded, brutal experiences at the dentist. The start of a new crown. It took about 20 shots to get numbed up. OY! So I’d thought maybe I should just have a day of sloth to recover. Surprisingly, I woke up, feeling fairly decent — aside from a sore jaw. So I went!
It was still early in the morning when we got there. I loved the giant shadows cast by the dunes. Lake Michigan had sheets of very thin ice. And the distant dunes had interesting patterns of sunlight/shade. It was wonderfully quiet in this spot (in “the bowl”) and we were shielded from the wind.
We all decided to hunt for another spot to paint and ended up at Bohemian Beach, east of Glen Arbor. Most of the ice and snow were gone, but the wind was “rather bracing”. We’d gone from sweating at “The Bowl” back to shivering. We zipped up, bundled up and painted fast as possible.