There is something magical about the shoreline of this tranquil cove on the shores of Lake Superior near Copper Harbor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I had taken a photo of this area several years ago, but I had the opportunity to revisit this beautiful spot two weeks ago. If you have a chance to visit its worth the trip. Make sure you have a lot of memory cards for your camera.
One of your stops has to be The Jampot. The scenery and wide selection of homemade jams, jellies and preserves and fresh bakery and fruitcakes are a spiritual experience. The Jampot is run by Catholic Byzantine Rite, and you can see their fantastic monastery north of the bakery on the shores of Lake Superior in the Keweenaw Bay. Watch this four-minute video produced by Under the Radar Michigan. At the end of the video the host said if you are looking for the heavenly stairway to jams and baked good than making a pilgrimage to The Jampot (MAP. ) All I can say is Amen.
Other stops include:
Okay, now you know how I spent part of my summer vacation. Let’s talk watercolor. The first painting I put in a square format to see how the subject matter would work. The second painting I put in a vertical format to suggest a different proportion for the subject matter.
As you can see between the two not only the proportions of the frame but I changed trees along the shoreline. I find that the second version in the vertical format is much stronger a composition and also more pleasing to the eye. The rocks forming a curve near the front of the composition leading to the back leads the eye better. Simplification of the trees off to the right in the second painting allows the eye to pass easily towards the focal point. The first painting did not allow this type of movement. Also, handling of the trees on the right-hand side allowed a better mingling of shapes and values and colors.
In both paintings the colors used are in a limited palette: 6-colors:
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Dale L Popovich IWS
is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. As you will see the works selected in his portfolio represent the breath of his holistic approach to painting. You can also learn along with this talented and experienced teacher through his workshops, Palette & Chisel, Mainstreet Art Center i Lake Zurich, IL, Elmhurst Art Museum, Towering Winds Academy of Fine Arts an online art school, and Popovich Studio classes.