The Artwork of

William Lathrop

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Artist in Residence - 2005
Entry Date: 09/30/2005 - Friday

It must be "Fly" day - the day each fall when the flies sense the weather turning and make their attempt to move indoors. The house is full of flies, some half dead, some further.

I started today with the plan to paint the bluff at the west end of Miners Beach. Miners Beach is book-ended by rock bluffs at both east and west ends. It has been one of my favorite spots, both for its beauty as well as its accessibility. Today's light was mixed clouds with cirrus clouds filtering the sun, so my scene didn't have what I was looking for or remembered from the previous week. In painting here I want the bright color of full sun.

As a consequence, I drove out to Melstrand and south from there on the forest roads. When I got to the old CCC camp, I turned south and shortly found an interesting area with meadows and a nice setting of maples in color - that is what I painted. It was a thicket by the roadside and they looked good in both sun and filtered sun. I fought the hues, warm and cool in the brightly colored leaves. I was also attempting to be a bit more abstract - I'll have to look at this painting in the studio.

I returned to Sand Point where I hiked the marsh trail and around the west end of Sand Point. I ended up painting one of the white pines out behind the residence that had caught my eye.

After a shower, with mighty wimpy water, I did some grocery shopping and struggled through making a healthy dinner - which I hadn't had in a couple days: cooked carrots, canned spinach with a main course of ocean perch fried in bacon fat. Upon opening the fish, it didn't live up to the store's label of "fresh", but cooked up it was some of the best fish I've had in a long time.

After dinner I was beat, so laid and read for a short bit before turning in. When I tried to brush my teeth, I discovered the water pressure had completely run out - something I then stewed on for much of the night.

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