Monday, April 19, 2010

Getting Ready

Been a busy week in the studio painting and getting ready to mat and frames 30 pieces to deliver to Mackinac Island! I am looking forward to our first trip to the island sometime after May 1st, when the ferry begins to run from the lower peninsula. Last year we traveled to the island on the first day of the official ferry season. It was a sunny brisk day on the island. It is always interesting to visit early in the season as the tourists don't arrive till month end. It is fun to walk around and see all the carpenters and painters busy working to get businesses reopened for the season. Sidewalks are stacked with delivery boxes and the street strewn with horse drawn wagons full of demolition materials waiting to be carted away. That time of year the Grand Hotel has all their flower beds planted in pansies, about the only flower hearty enough to withstand the cold. As you walk away from the downtown area, the streets are deserted. It is a great time to takes reference pictures as I won't have to paint the people out!!!
My latest piece, is called Garden With A View, acrylic and is 3-1/2" x 2-1/2". This garden really does have a view as the water in the background is Lake Huron and beyond is a view of the Mackinac Bridge connecting the upper and lower peninsula. It is a place on the island I photograph quite often with the changing of the seasons.
Till next time,



Barbara A. Freeman said...

Wow Gail, you made it! That's a lot of work! I know what you mean, I'm glad to be able to come up for air after getting so many works together and my number isn't anywhere close to your 30. Congratulations on making your deadline!

I really like this latest one. I like the sense of space in it. I want to reach out and pick a bouquet. Great detail.

Gail Hayton said...

Thanks Barbara,
Well, really haven't made my deadline yet-but working hard on it. I am enjoying painting flowers lately. Something I never really got into before.

DEB said...

What a lovely painting. I can see why your work sells so well. It transports the viewer to a magical place. What gallery will your work be showing in? I think it would take me weeks to mat and frame 30 pieces. Good luck!

Mona said...

What a view indeed! Thirty paintings done already is awesome Gail. Now you need one of Wes's crates!!!