On the south shore of Lake Superior is a beautiful new park. The Frog Bay Tribal National Park recently opened to the public. It's on the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation near Bayfield, WI. It has a nice trail that goes through a dark, mossy forest down to the shore that opens up to this view of the Apostle Islands.
We have often stayed in Grand Marais, MN over the past years. But, this is the first time we took the time to drive north on the Gunflint Trail. Near the end of this beautiful 60 mile drive there was an area near Seagull Lake that had burned down in a forest fire a few years ago. The landscape was slowly recovering from the fire that destroyed all the trees and one benefit was that wild blueberries were growing here now. I painted this scene looking down this sandy, gravel road that led to the wild blueberries.
Each year when we travel to the North Shore of Lake Superior we find a new favorite place to visit. This summer we took a walk along the only section of the Superior Hiking Trail that follows the shore of the lake. It's a few miles east of Grand Marais. We came to this nice, human scale structure that some people refer to as a tombolo. I enjoyed trying to capture the feel of the place in a small 11" x 14" plein air painting.
It's time for the annual summer fundraiser of the Friends of the Institute at the MIA . On Thursday, August 16th from 6 -9 p.m. each time you win a carnival game you'll win a chance to go home with one of the works of art donated by artists like me. This year my painting is an abstract titled "Over the Sofa". www.artsmia.org/art-perchance-2012/