William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse, Belle Isle State Park
- Painted en plein air on 6/23/20 & 6/24/20 at Belle Isle State Park
- William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse
For me, this painting's overall emotional condition is one of disorientation. The greens and yellows are sickly. The textural trees and grasses busy the scene as they aimlessly flail with the wind, brought in by an impenetrable procession of gray clouds. At the time that I painted this, I was unsure of whether I should be around others from outside my household, even when outdoors, because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I felt uneasy about standing alongside the trail where others passed by, but I chose the spot because of the composition that the view from that particular location offered. The painting session was punctuated by exchanges with passers by, in which we both awkwardly followed one another's social cues as to whether we talk to each other, at what distance, and wearing a mask or not. The only calm place in the painting is the welcoming bit of land between the trail's terminus and William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse. This lighthouse is the only one in North American that is fully sculpted out of Georgian Marble. William Livingstone is remembered for improving navigation for commercial ships along the Great Lakes through methods such as channelization. The palette that I used is based on Goethe's Lucid color scheme.