Painting the Protected Lands

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Nature turns me into a little kid and a sage elder all at the same time. The wonder of discovery and the stillness and greatness of the infinite all at once. This latest project has me deeply steeped in the wonder of it all.

Here is a Leelanau insider tip: hike these protected lands. The Leelanau Conservancy has a full guide to all their properties and which ones you can hike and what to expect at their Leelanau office or online. They provide docent hikes, which are filled with nuggets of nature wisdom, and highly recommended. Sign up for their email and check their website for more information. They also have, available for purchase, the book “The Trails of M22” — this is your new hiking bible. The scoop on all the best trails, their locations, their lengths, what you’ll see, etc., is available on the Leelanau Conservancy website.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of these magnificent properties and a look into how I work. It has never been enough for me to show up and paint a place; I want to know the story. I want to fall in love with the place through each step as I hike, feet touching the ground, and then again. Eyes wide open to discover its hidden treasures.

This fall, my big discovery is mushrooms. I will probably not paint them, but oh the joy of knowing they are there!

 

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Ed and Karl, two rock star docents, patiently teaching me the stories of the land. The areas that were once part of Lake Michigan or other long-gone inland lakes.

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Teichner Preserve on Lime Lake

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Birding at Kehl Lake Nature Area

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DeYoung Natural Area

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Chippewa Run Nature Area

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Whaleback Natural Area, as seen from South Beach in Leland.

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A precious little jewel called a Witch’s Cap at Finton Natural Area

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Lion’s Mane mushroom found at Clay Cliffs

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More mushrooms found at Clay Cliffs on a docent-led hike.

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The detail astounds me!

Project 24 pieces still available!

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Project 24 was an effort to capture the landscapes of all of the Leelanau Peninsula wineries in paint, to connect you to the land that your wine comes from. You all made that project a wonderful, huge and humbling success. You inspire and motivate me with your support! Thanks to your purchases, we were able to donate $1,000 to the Leelanau Conservancy to help protect and preserve this awe-inspiring land. Thank you so much — that is truly awesome!
Though the majority of pieces have found great homes — some with people whom I already knew, and others I’m happy to have met for the first time through this endeavor — a few of the paintings are still looking for their forever home. Here’s a glimpse at the pieces that are still available.
To purchase any of these pieces, please email info@stephanieschlatterart.com with the title of the painting.
blackstarfarms24x48-1200

Black Star Farms, 24 x 48, oil, $1,200

blackstarfarms30x30-900

Black Star Farms, 30 x 30, oil, $900

blustonediptych12x24-315

Bluestone Vineyards in Springtime, 12 x 24 (diptych), oil, $315

boathouse20x20-440

Lake Leelanau Narrows near Boathouse Vineyards, 20 x 20, oil, $440

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Boathouse Vineyards in the Fall, 24 x 48, oil, $1,200

cherryrepublic18x18-280

Cherry Republic, 18 x 18, oil, $280

 

goodharbor30x30-900

Good Harbor Vineyards, 30 x 30, oil, $900

greenbirdorganic18x18-350

Green Bird Organic Vineyards, 18 x 18, oil, $350

lmawby36x48-1900

L. Mawby, 36 x 48, oil, $1,900

longview36x48-1900

Longview Winery’s Vineyards, 36 x 48, oil, $1,900

raftshol24x24-575

Raftshol Vineyards, 24 x 24, oil, $575

shadylane30x30-900

Shady Lane Cellars in Springtime, 30 x 30, oil, $900

tandemciders16x16-280

Tandem Ciders, 16 x 16, oil, $280