A few years ago I stayed at a lovely cottage lodge on Tamarack Lake. I really liked the little island that could be easily seen from our cottage, and created a plein air painting while I was there. I was never totally happy with the painting, and decided to tackle it again from a fresh start.
To refresh my memory of the lodge, I pulled out my own photos, and also looked through the wonderful gallery of images on the lodge site. Reiner Arnold and Barbara Kraus, the proprietors, are also professional photographers.
Freshly inspired, I reinterpreted the scene according to my own ideas of the place. The island is still there, perhaps a little more distant than in real life, so that the clouds can take on a bigger role.
I actually painted this a couple of times this year, in different styles, but this is the one I like best. The variations in the blue of the water, the pinks and oranges in the clouds, and the haziness in the sky are all effects I was working to achieve.
This painting is currently hanging in my home, but I will be showing it in the next few months at local group shows in Toronto.
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