Congratulations to Julie and Joel Stoppel owners of Somebody's Gallery in Petoskey Michigan on their 3rd anniversary. Also thanks to Sandra Lee Photography Studio and Gallery in Bay Harbor for taking this picture of Julie and I in front of my paintings. We had a great celebration at the studio in March. Check out their website for some great art www.somebodysgallery.com
April 3rd is a big day for me. After 8 months of preparation to become a candidate for LVRS, lung volume reduction surgery a great doctor at the University of Michigan will perform this surgery to improve my quality of life. Not compaining, my studio is a great place to paint however painting plein air had been something that was a big part of my life until I could no longer do it. After this surgery and recovery my chances are very good that I will be able to return to doing many things that were important to me, I feel very blessed.
From start to finish my paintings average 6 months on my easel. There are many layers to build the colors into the finished surface and complete the sides. It was cold dark and snowy when thoughts of summer shimmered in my mind.
That sandy beach has real sand added to the painting, how cool is that!
Deck and I are on our 8th day traveling in our RV. Were on our way back to Michigan after visiting his parents in FL (80th birthday party) and hanging out in Savannah, GA. Well had to see the Mercer House from the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, also a movie. Tomorrow is a drive up to Lover's Leap in our Jeep. This is not a road for an RV. We did this drive a couple of years ago, it was soooo foggy, very nerve wracking-nail biting-foot braking (me) you get the idea, hopefully tomorrow we will get to see the sights.