Traveling to Lutsen
Marcy and I utilized the Thanksgiving holiday to go to Lutsen to unwind. On these family trips we always squeeze in a little time to sketch and paint. I expected there to be more snow on the ground, but the lack of it created a color pallete that kept me painting.
These are a few of the sketches and I hope you enjoy them.
Coffee cup sketch.
If you haven’t been to Duluth Grill you will never find it on your own. It is fantastic and the comfort food has a foody twist to it. They also have a wide range of fantastic local art. Their coffee mugs are made by a local artist and a good warm up painting to start the trip.
Most of the wood columns around the lodge are carved in an abstract Totem theme. During dinner I was able to study this a little. I noticed it other place around the property and I wonder who first came up with it.
My Breakfast View
This is the view I spent a lot of time with looking at Lake Superior. I spent a lot of time at this table painting.
Adam in our office suggested that we go to the ski hill and take the Gondola ride up the mountain to a restaurant bar. The Gondolas are exactly the same as at the state fair but the ride is a lot more extreme. Straight up this cliff to incredible views. We had the whole family painting up here. I was able to get several smaller pieces done. The food was just OK but the location was spectacular.
I mentioned the colors of the grass without so much snow. This piece is a simple painting trying to catch the essence. I was also trying out my “fan” type watercolor brush.
My Favorite Tree
Often times I will precolor a page and draw on top of it later. (See below) This is a good example. After a long time of water coloring I had all of this paint on my palette. I just hate sopping it up and throwing it away, so I mixed it all together and the color became this nice brown. I washed the page with it and waited for inspiration. I woke up 2 mornings later with this idea of painting the tree I kept staring at between me and the lake.
I haven't decided if this is a finished piece or if inspiration will hit me to paint over it.
Lake Superior from Lutsen Resort
This is the view I woke up to and enjoyed every morning. This image itself is my attempt at the Tea Milk and Honey 3 stage water color approach I recently read about in Marc Taro Holmes wonderful new book The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location.
There were more sketches, but these tell the best story, I hope you enjoyed them.