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This was the first time my Grand daughter saw Lake Michigan. I remember the first time I swam in Lake Michigan and the first time I went running into the ocean. There is something special about the grandeur of it all.


  1. Leslie, this painting has to be one of my very favorites of yours!!! Your wonderful style is all throughout and it sings!!! From the way the heat of the sand seems to float into the air at the shoreline to the wonderful painting of your granddaughter’s legs, hair and shirt, it is amaZING! πŸ™‚ WOW!

    • Thank-you, Beth! I am trying to paint in a new manner on some large pieces. It is coming very slowly so I think I’ll be bouncing back and forth for awhile. These take longer to do. It means a ton that YOU liked this!

  2. It’s beautiful Leslie. I love her wild hair blowing in the wind, and of course all of the glorious color! It’s wonderful that you can share this memory with your granddaughter.

    • Thank-you, Karen! It is fun to relive some of our own joys through them. Before I became a Grandmother I’d listen to others get all excited about the very same thing and could not grasp what they were talking about, nor can I explain it in words, very well. It is a little like watching history repeat itself.

  3. Aw, this is lovely Leslie! love the foreshortening and the breezy colours – her hair blowing in the salty breeze. the turn of her head reminds me of Lempicka’s daughter. lovely!

    • Thank-you, thank-you! I need to enroll in the Lynda school of art history! I did not find one of a little girl but that artist is the “bomb”! I only wish I could get that allure in my work and I am quite honored by your comment. See why I’m hanging all over your art posts? You teach me about new artists.

  4. This is beautiful Leslie. I love the dynamic feel that your recent pieces have had, including this one. We have just come upon her as she swings her head around to see the water. That movement pulls me into the picture and engages me emotionally as well. How big is the original?

    • Thank-you, Kirsty. I don’t know if this is going to keep happening or not. I am trying because I like what I am seeing happen and I am learning something, here. They will be in between my other things as these take some time for me to slowly work my way through. The original is 12.5 x 17.5. Much of my other work has been 11 x 15 or smaller.

  5. excellent painting

    • Thank-you, Richard! πŸ™‚ I have been visiting you, too…..anxiously awaiting what you are working on new!

  6. So beautiful and natural, looks like she wants to take off into the water or something. The wind blowing in her hair, everything, so realistic.

    • Thanks, Paintedbrush. She does want to run into that water. She’s like a duck in it. Very much at home.

  7. hi leslie,

    your subjects are close to the heart. that is why i am left with a warm heart looking at each brushstrokes so fluidly coming from your heart.

    this is joy. divine and pure.

  8. I like the natural pose of looking over the shoulder, after all getting kids to sit still while near a lake or ocean is almost impossible. Beautiful painting once again!

    • Ha! Believe me, this was a lucky shot I captured. Not two seconds later we were trudging off to the shoreline! Thank-you, Ryan! πŸ™‚

  9. My favorite part is the movement of the turn and draping of the t-shirt it caused. Really great! And of course I am blown away by your color, as usual πŸ˜€ !

    • Thanks, Alex! I really liked the twist to this, also. The fun, for me, was trying to capture the play of light.

  10. This painting has to be one of my favorites! I absolutely love how you captured her legs and hands and hair. Without seeing her face you know she has a look of wonder on her face. The same that I have looking at this painting.

    • That is a wonderful comment and I THANK-YOU, Carol! I tried to quickly lay in water and beach, ala-Stephen. Didyou notice that I scumbled my grasses, ala-Carol? I liked the look of that in some of the areas of your paintings.

  11. Leslie, when I saw this I was so affected that I couldn’t comment. Your granddaughter looks so much like my tow-headed, tomboy daughters used to look. I love the twisting movement and can feel her pushing up straining to see. Wonderful painting.

    • Thank-you, Linda. We have something in common because my Grand daughter looks exactly like her Mother, my Daughter. πŸ™‚

  12. Very luminous Leslie, I love it !

    • Thank-you Isabelle. I have been trying to incorporate a feeling of light, as of late.

  13. Stellar how you capture one of the most picturesque parts of “the mitten.” Brilliant relaxed posture and seems fitting your grand daughter looks back at the water, as you do through watercolors πŸ™‚

    • I like Michigan. Was born in Grosse Pointe and lived in Three Rivers, a ghost town, now. Spent many a day on the southeast shore with parents and southwest shore with grandparents. Thank-you for the comment.

  14. Wow, this is an amazing painting Leslie! I love it πŸ™‚
    Hugs Marinela x

  15. I love the way she can’t take her eyes off the lake. the Great lakes really do have that power, don’t they? You can almost smell the water here.

    • Thank-you. You know you are right. Whenever you are near large bodies of water the air smells different. …..I have signed her up for swimm lessons ALL summer. With her love of water, it’s best she knows how to float and swim. πŸ™‚

  16. This is a great portrait, she’s looking into the seas and enjoying the breez and her hair is dancing to the wind. It’s really a good feeling looking at this painting. Makes one feel sunny too.

    • Thank-you, Francis. I was happy to be able to capture her interest, here. Painting family members is always touch and goas you know! πŸ™‚ Love your family portrait!

  17. Lord! I LOVE walking into Your room. Magical. Just sat here looking at the pics I’ve missed. This is magical. The sasquatch thing cracked me up, and…will Your sister adopt me and let me live in that house? πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the BEAUTY You gift! Cheers and Namaste. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Bliss! Thanks for the visit! That weird plant has earned my keeping that picture. LOL

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