Seagull Sunset: Lake Michigan

I love water, and I love birds, so in this painting, I combined both. It’s based on a recent trip to Lake Michigan at sunset, when it is especially beautiful.

Seagulls on the beach at Lake Michigan, an original oil painting by Yeshua's Child Art

“Seagulls at Evening” 18 X 24 canvas wrap $245

I went with a bit brighter colors than I normally do, which was fun (thalo green mixed with cerulean and ultramarine blue). I mixed burnt sienna and ultramarine, plus yellow ochre for the sand; and titanium white, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow light and cadmium red light for the reflections and highlights.

Lake Michigan Painting: Part Two

Here in part two of my lesson on how to paint Lake Michigan, I have the finished painting:

"Lake Michigan Nocturne" an original oil painting landscape of Lake Michigan at sunset by Yeshua's Child Art

“Lake Michigan Nocturne” original 18 X 24 oil painting on wrapped canvas.

Here, I’ve added more variety to the grasses, deepened and highlighted more, and added some seagulls going towards the sunset.

Lake Michigan Painting: Part 1

I love Lake Michigan, and at sunset it is gorgeous. Here I show the first three steps to creating a landscape of this beautiful body of water.

First, I did a rough sketch in ultramarine blue:

Rough sketch of Lake Michigan

Rough sketch of Lake Michigan


Next, I started blocking in my main colors. This is still very rough, but gives me an idea of what the finished layout will look like.

Step two in creating a Lake Michigan Landscape: color blockout

Color blockout for Lake Michigan painting

I used ultramarine blue, transparent oxide red, black and a bit of olive green for the grays; olive and sap green and yellow ochre, along with a bit of cadmium yellow light for the grass. The red is alizaron crimson and white, along with a bit of cad. red light and cad.yellow.


Now, I block things in, in more detail, using a finer brush. I make the highlights brighter, create better sky color, and work on the sand dune patterns.

Lake Michigan landscape painting with more detail

More detail in the Lake Michigan landscape

At this point, it’s getting closer. In my next post, I’ll share the finished painting.

Michigan Lighthouse painting; Step one.

I love lighthouses, and so decided to paint one. This is in the upper penninsula, near Cold Harbor. Below is the first blocking out of the painting, with ultramarine blue and cobalt blues mixed for the sea and sky, along with Titanium white; and alizaron crimson for the sunset highlights; raw umber and ultramarine for the rocks.  

blockout of lighthouse painting

blockout of lighthouse painting