Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Plein Air Day on the Leelanau Peninsula


The Iris Farm on M-72

Muchacho Libre is my assistant this week “On the Michigan Wine Trail.” Well, not so much my assistant as the one who gets sand in my paint, but he’s cute, so he can stay.


Muchacho the great assistant — err, maybe just a really solid playmate.

Thinking of his needs, I started the day with a hike in my beloved Pyramid Point. I hiked in with some watercolors and my sketchbook, stopping along the way to take in the beauty and make little studies for use in the studio later. Muchacho, for his part, was in his glory.

Pyramid Point

Pyramid Point

It was a joy to just pull off to the side of the road when something struck me and make sketches so I can jar my memory later.

Sketching the Leelanau Narrows

Sketching the Leelanau Narrows

But the ultimate joy in working on location is to pull up to a stunning sight, haul out the paints and plant yourself for a spell — and that is exactly what I did at the Iris Farm on M-72. A friend tipped me off to this glorious spot, and I spent several hours on a what turned out to be a gorgeous day, painting from my immediate impressions of what stretched before me.


Another treasured day on my magic peninsula, right here in Pure Michigan!

Say Hello to Summer with Two SSA Contests!


In celebration of summer’s arrival, I’m launching two fun, easy contests that run through the end of August. Each giveaway will have three winners monthly, so get those cameras ready for a chance to win!

Mural Madness Contest
Snap your photo in front of the mural I painted on the side of Chateau de Leelanau in Suttons Bay (Northern Michigan) and post it on the Stephanie Schlatter Art Facebook page ( to be entered to win various SSA goodies!

kathymattchrisMuse & Me Contest
Take a picture of yourself enjoying Chateau de Leelanau’s new sparkling wine, Muse* (featuring my “Three Graces” artwork on the label) and post it on one of these three pages:
– Stephanie Schlatter Art’s Facebook page (
– Chateau de Leelanau’s Facebook page (
– Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room’s Facebook page (
Post your pic on all three pages for more chances to win! Prizes up for grabs include 11×14 “Three Graces” posters and free and discounted wine tastings at Chateau de Leelanau and Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room.
*Muse is available at both Chateau de Leelanau’s Suttons Bay tasting room (Northern Michigan) and at Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township (Metro Detroit).

While I strongly encourage creativity in the photo submissions, all winners will be drawn randomly.

Questions? Drop me a line at

Cheers, and good luck!