We set a date for the Beaver Island Show!

Not only will I have many new Beaver Island paintings, but also two new Beaver Island Posters and, I’m hoping, a new book too: What’s in the Woods: A Great Lakes Treasure Hunt, a simple introduction to over 150 common plants, trees, birds, critters, mushrooms, and bugs. Paired up with What’s On the Beach, a person could know 300 species already, which is lots more than most people recognize.

Wouldn’t it be fun to follow up with more simple nature guides, like What’s Along the Highway, or What’s By the River? Wow. Each books requires hundreds of little paintings, however, so they take a long time. And next on the schedule is What’s On the Beach in Florida.

It’s going to be way below zero here after today, for more than a week, so I’m going to be staying close to home. I’m spending a lot of time learning Adobe InDesign, a layout program that combines the workings of the two layout programs I already know but which are too old to work any more—PageMaker and Quark.

And don’t forget to check into my other blog, where I write a twice-weekly column.

Behold the junco, making its debut in What’s In the Woods? Juncos in Michigan only come for the winter…their absence is one of the first signs of spring!

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New Beaver Island Posters & Art

I spent a total of three weeks at the Beaver Island Lodge in the summer of 2006, a real treat. I always loved that place, which displays my two Lake Effects posters, beautifully framed, in the lobby. When I lived on the island and ran my Beaver Island Arts gallery there, I used to set up my paints outside on one of the round tables on the patio, or at a window in the bar during inclement weather. The Lodge affords one of my favorite views on the island, along with that of Paradise Bay and the Whiskey Point Lighthouse, which I could see from my own window.

While I was visiting last year, Judy and Liz Laneer offered to let me show my Beaver Island and other art in their Montaage gallery next summer. So this winter, I’m working on that show, producing new watercolors, acrylics, prints, cards, and (already finished and produced) two posters that feature my favorite Beaver Island scenes.

Since I closed my gallery on Beaver Island, Sue Thomson has been selling my prints, cards, jewelry and some original art in her wonderful Livingstone Gallery, localed between the Beaver Island Toy Museum (which sells my books and posters) and the lighthouse. Sue will continue to sell my cards and prints, and this year, at last, she’ll have some new ones.

For now, except for the posters, I’m keeping most of the new Beaver Island art a secret….posting it only after the opening of the show in late June or early July.But just as an intro, here’s a small 5 x 7-inch mostly watercolor piece I did during last summer’s visit.

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