Thursday, September 22, 2022

Postcards from the Lake: Road Trip to Harbor Springs

While Kate and I were at Art Camp we decided (for the first time in all our art camp years!) to do a road trip. And it was a very special occasion.


We were off to the charming town of Harbor Springs, Michigan, to meet up with artist Elizabeth Pollie -- whom Kate hadn't seen since she babysat for her decades before! It was an afternoon filled with fun, laughter and a delightful visit to a charming town. 


Elizabeth is a fabulous oil painter and it was a joy to visit the beautiful gallery she owns and see her work and that of the artists she represents. 


This painting of a sailboat was one of my favorites.


And so was this -- the feathers on the horses legs seemed to move!


Here's a closer look. 


This was another favorite. I could tell stories from these paintings!


And of course, one has to love the black cat under a harvest moon. (Well, this one does, at least!)

This was another favorite.


And this one. My photographs are not very good and don't begin to do the vibrant colors or mysterious subject justice,

 

 Elizabeth also does en plein air painting and recently joined in a plein air event called "Paint Traverse City." These are some of her plein air paintings (not all from Paint Traverse City 2022).

After enjoying the art (and a tasty lunch -- a Caprese Omelet for me -- Elizabeth took us on a tour about town, enjoying some of the shops and lovely alley ways that abound in the small bayside town. 


She took us to one of the loveliest views of the city, high on a bluff. From there you could both the town...


...and the beautiful Little Traverse Bay.


Nope. Couldn't beat the view!


We even caught a glimpse of several of the local residents, including this one!

 

There were lots of delightful things about the day -- good conversation, loads of wonderful art, a fun day away from the lake, and I even bought a cute jacket! But the best part was seeing two friends, long apart, reunited.


A wonderful day!

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62 comments:

Pamela said...

It looks like a lovely day!

Mae Travels said...

Fabulous day … I’d love to explore with you. Maybe some day we will.

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Anvilcloud said...

That looks like good art, according to my plebian tastes. πŸ˜€

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
Sounds like a fun road trip. Love the views of the water from the bluff. The deer is sweet. Lovely collection of art work, the gallery looks beautiful too. I like the cat, dog and horses and the painting of the sailboat. Take care, have a happy day!

Sami said...

Love the dog, cat and the horse pictures. Beautiful gallery and great road trip with your friend.
That view over the bay is fabulous too!

bobbie said...

Sounds/looks like a perfect day!

Iris Flavia said...

Woow, such great work!!!
Caprese Omelet sounds great! Better than the half Currywurst with Fries I had today.
Despite we ran around all day on the rail-exhibition I still feel way too full.

What a nice town and residents :-)
LOL, and a train!

To meeting friends!

DVArtist said...

A great way to spend the day. Looks like a wonderful art gallery. Have a lovely day.

Ricki Treleaven said...

I love all the art you've shared. BTW have you ever taken an en plein air workshop? I have been tempted to sign-up for one or two of them. I giggled because you showed so many animal paintings...you love animals like I do!!!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Great road trip! Wow art!
The sailboat is stunning. Gorgeous views.
The printed top one is wearing, what is the label, please?

Sandra Cox said...

A wonderful day indeed and isn't Elizabeth an amazing artist? Thanks for letting us tag along;)

Carola Bartz said...

The paintings are truly beautiful, but I will never understand why such gorgeous paintings are put in such terrible frames. Maybe it's just me... the frame shouldn't distract from the artwork. It looks like a lovely little town and seeing some of the four-legged residents is so nice. But oh the joy of seeing a friend!

Tammie Lee said...

It really does look like you had a wonderful day.
Those paintings are wonderful!

Yvonne said...

I'm glad you had such a good time, and all your photos of your outoing are lovely.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Wow. Love the art. Wouldn't it be fun to paint outside? That's something I have never done. And what a beautiful town!

Jenn Jilks said...

I really enjoyed that! Such a good time!

Prims By The Water said...

What amazing paintings! I so love Harbor Springs. A nice town indeed. Janice

roentare said...

Looks like a bustling life you had there

acorn hollow said...

What a road trip!!! That art is amazing!!! and the scenery is just beautiful
Cathy

Gretchen Joanna said...

Just lovely. You make it easier for me to set off on my little trip tomorrow. Road trips can be so satisfying. <3

Priscilla King said...

What a dear little deer!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Jeanie,
What a beautiful art gallery and a talented artist!!
And what a charming town with such amazing views and scenery... Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!
Thanks so much for all your visits...
Hugs,
Deb

David M. Gascoigne, said...

This whole adventure smacks of fun from start to finish. Better do it again next year I say!

R's Rue said...

So beautiful.

La Table De Nana said...

What a talent!!!!

Marilyn Miller said...

What a beautiful adventure.
Her paintings are all just plain gorgeous.
And the view of the town and surrounding area makes me think I would love living there. It is also just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

thepaintedapron.com said...

A lovely day Jeanie, friendship, food, art and nature! Love the art, thanks for the trip through the gallery~
Jenna

gigi-hawaii said...

I really like this post. She is a very talented artist with a deft hand and sure eye for detail. Your photo of Traverse Bay and the boats would make a great watercolor painting by you. Bring out your paints and brush. And where is your photo of your omelet???

Joanne Huffman said...

Love the looks of the gallery. What a fun thing to do!

Pam said...

Cool, I need to start getting out and doing more of that sort of stuff. I used to all the time, life got in the way.

Steve Reed said...

It looks like a great day! I've never been to Traverse City or environs, even though my sister-in-law is from there. I love the painting with the house and the fireflies in the yard. It's very hard to depict fireflies and I think Elizabeth did an amazing job.

This N That said...

Looks like a fun road trip..Beautiful paintings..especially the horses..Have a good weekend..

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

What a fun adventure for you two! Those views! So stunning! And her art is gorgeous. The sailboat is my favorite but they are all so beautiful!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow I love that gallery! Looks like you had a wonderful day! That view is fantastic! It’s like a New England town!

Rita said...

What beautiful art in a beautiful town. I especially loved the painting of the two horses outside the old building. Not sure why but it drew me back to look a couple of times. Maybe--like you--I imagined a story... :)

Lowcarb team member said...

From start to finish a truly wonderful day :)

I did enjoy seeing all of your photographs.
The paintings are wonderful.

Have a happy weekend.

All the best Jan

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

What a wonderful trip! :)

Maggie from Stillness at Cherith said...

The art work is beautiful ♥

William Kendall said...

The cat painting of course must be my favourite.

shoreacres said...

That mysterious painting with the gorgeous colors? That sure looks like an abstract image of a sailboat in dry dock. Of course it's my favorite of the group! I'm glad you shared them all with us; it looks like a wonderful day. We're still hothothot -- but the end of all that is nigh: another week, maybe, and we'll have our front.

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Thank you for sharing your special day. I enjoyed the tour of the area with the beautiful water views and the photos of the paintings
in the gallery.!

Linda Stoll said...

i'm getting itchy to get out and away, to pack our bags, to go exploring. thanks for motivating me and getting me all inspired, friend!

happy trails to you this weekend!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Bleubeard asked me why I can't paint like that beautiful Elizabeth. I told him because he was stuck with me and she wasn't. Her work is phenomenal. Simply wonderful. It's amazing how many artists she must represent and still have her own work, too. Both a great artist and an amazing business woman. What a great day right down to the caprese omelet.

Penny Carlson said...

That sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day! Those paintings were beautiful and so was the view.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Jeanie :=)
What a lovely road trip. The bay and beautiful views are gorgeous. I'm so pleased your friend got to meet up with Elizabeth, and you could both see her art and gallery. I like Elizabeths paintings very much. What a fun day you must have had. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Enjoy your weekend
All the best.

Bill said...

Great day with friends and beautiful art. I like the saiboat too plus the dog. Very nice indeed!

Pam Richardson said...

Jeanie, what a lovely place with beautiful views. Elizabeth’s work is very impressive, stunning paintings! Your road trip was outstanding and so glad Kate got to meet up with her friend. It was a perfect day!

roughterrain crane said...

The view from the height is really breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

Lynne said...

Isn’t it amazing to see, embrace, enjoy
diverse art, vistas, friendships, love.
It truly is a wonderful world . . .
So happy to enjoy this post . . . and you Jeanie. ❤️

Veronica Lee said...

Sounds like a fun trip!

Those paintings in the art gallery are beautiful!

And the views are spectacular.

Hugs and blessings, Jeanie 🌹

Sandra at Maison De Jardin said...

Good morning, Jeanie. What a lovely town. It looks like a perfect place to hide for a few weeks. The views of the water and bay are gorgeous. And Elizabeth's work is amazing. Such marvelous talent. I know you enjoyed yourself thoroughly - so glad you made the trip.

Arti said...

What a beautiful art gallery and what wonderful paintings! I sure like to visit there some day. :)

Arti said...

What a beautiful art gallery and what wonderful paintings! I sure like to visit there some day. :)

My name is Erika. said...

Elizabeth is an amazing talent. How fun to get to meet her and visit her shop. And get shown around town by her too. Your road trip during art camp looks like it was an amazing time. Happy New week. hugs-Erika

Joanne said...

Oh that does sound like a wonderful day! What beautiful views of the town.

Divers and Sundry said...

If you're going to break with tradition this sounds like the perfect outing.

Sherry's Pickings said...

oh yes i really like the painting of the sailboats and those houses too. so lovely.

Little e said...

What a wonderful blog post. Thank you! I am so lucky to have been able to spend the day with you and Kate. It will not soon fade from my mind. Thank you for making the trip and giving up a day of art camp. I loved every minute!
Elizabeth

crackercrumblife said...

Jeanie what a fantastic day!! I also love the cat and the harvest moon painting! It is gorgeous!!

Our little town is doing a Plein Art Painting event in the next few weeks and Billy and I are thinking of going and taking Wyatt for the experience!

crackercrumblife said...

I mean Plein Air. Lol. I am still drinking my first cup of coffee...

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Sounds like a "picture perfect" day, Jeanie! The paintings are beautiful, and the views of the town are lovely!

It's me said...

And again a post from you…I miss a lot …bloglovin did not work anymore and so my blogger list…. Happy weekend …love Ria and Leaf πŸ€πŸ’—πŸΎπŸ€

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