Lake Trout!

I apologize for the lull in posts. We just got back from two weeks off the grid in Northern Michigan, catching up with the hubby's family and making some new memories for our own immediate family unit.  I took some nice potential painting photos, primarily landscapes and seascapes (or lakescapes?) to (God willing) put on canvas in the very same abstract technique that has held my interest for the past month or two.  I'm looking forward to getting some underpainting down this weekend then a layer or two of paint by Monday afternoon.  

Here's a photo of the 5.8# lake trout I landed (and consequently ingested and digested) a week ago today:

 That was the big girl I caught after losing two others.  A good reminder of why patience is a virtue (or is that persistence?).  Pardon my appearance, but I hadn't had a shower in nearly two weeks.  The fish smelled much better than I did...

That was the big girl I caught after losing two others.  A good reminder of why patience is a virtue (or is that persistence?).  Pardon my appearance, but I hadn't had a shower in nearly two weeks.  The fish smelled much better than I did...

We also drove to see my husband's beloved uncle, Norm, who has recently been transitioned to Hospice at home.  He's been fighting pancreatic cancer like the tough nut that he is for many many years but his body is simply not up for another battle.  He looked so happy though, with his kids all around him and about fifteen grandchildren running around the yard, swinging, and climbing.  After we visited with them, we drove a couple hours north to Indian River, Michigan, to the largest crucifix in the world, to say a prayer for Norm and another dear friend of mine who was also declining and only had a few days left.  The cross was made from a solitary California Redwood and the statue portion, bronze.  It's breathtaking.

 55' high and 22' across (if I remember correctly).

55' high and 22' across (if I remember correctly).

Lastly, here is a photo or three of Northern Michigan that will be debuting on my easel in the coming weeks/months.

 Hascerot Beach on Old Mission Peninsula, with a storm rising on Lake Michigan in the background.  I think we were the only ones swimming...

Hascerot Beach on Old Mission Peninsula, with a storm rising on Lake Michigan in the background.  I think we were the only ones swimming...

 Michigan wine country, also on Old Mission Peninsula

Michigan wine country, also on Old Mission Peninsula

 The view from the back of the fishing boat...  You can see my rod in the right lower corner.

The view from the back of the fishing boat...  You can see my rod in the right lower corner.

I'll have some more visuals early next week.  Thank you for stopping by and a hearty hello to NY, NY, St. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida), Cleveland, Cincinnati, LA, Southern Virginia, Texas, and all my other recent visitors.  I appreciate you spending some of your time with me here on the blog.

One more quick thing (I just remembered).  I just got word that a painting of mine may have made the cut for the Maryland Federation of Art's 50th year anniversary art book.  Considering how many shows they've had each year x 50 years, being featured (or even considered) for this commemorative book really tickles me.  If you'd like to purchase one for yourself, pre-order is available at:  www.mdfedart.com  I believe the books will be $50.  I already ordered mine!