16.000 x 20.000 x 0.750 inches
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Copper Harbor Lighthouse
Painting - Oil On Canvas
The Copper Harbor Lighthouse at the very tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The Keweenaw is a peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior on the north shore of the Michigan upper peninsula. This lighthouse is at the end of the road. I wanted this to be an up close detailed painting of the lighthouse. The foreground is over grown lawn of tall green, yellow, yellow ocher, burnt umber, red, and white. There are small spruce trees growing up in front of the view to show depth. On the left there is the hint of a birch tree. On the right is a thick pine forest behind the house. The tower is square and is the same color of light brown brick that the house is made of. The windows are trimmed in white with dark green shutters. The walls of the tower are very thick and you can tell by the deeply inset windows. The foundation of the building is of field stone and then the brick is white washed about three feet up the sides giving way to sand stone colored brick the rest of the way up. It is midday and the sun is casting shadows beneath the eves. The roof is bright red and the top of the tower is painted in black. The light behind the glass has been removed. You can see the railing around the top of the tower against the blue and white summer sky. Sea gulls are off in the distance over the forested background. There is a sunlit rain barrel at the back of the house that stands out against the dark pine forest. This lighthouse has kept many a freighter from disaster on the great Lake Superior.
October 16th, 2012
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