We were camping in Interlochen, Michigan, which sits between Duck Lake and Green Lake. One lake is granted the gift of sunrise, while the other the sunset. Each lake shares in the care of the sun, waking it up for the day, or tucking it in at night.


Many of my family’s favorite summer memories are made while camping. It is when we are away from the daily grind, mostly unplugged, that we enjoy slow days together riding bikes, kayaking, hiking, and, of course, eating ice cream. When the days are spent almost fully outdoors, and there is nothing to steal away your time, you notice things like the way the sun hangs mid-morning, and the colors it casts across the early clouds.


The Inspiration

“Summer Sun” is an original 6x6” acrylic painting on canvas panel of the sun shining on Duck Lake in Interlochen, Michigan. When I saw the way the sun looked over that beautiful place, I felt fortunate to be there with no man-made distractions. It made me realize how much the digital world robs us of our attention and how many of these simple, beautiful moments we miss every single day because we just aren’t looking. How many sunsets are we offered in life? How many do we miss?


I believe
That not everything deserves your attention;
In quality over quantity;
That the best of life is not just one moment;
In friends who say, “We should get together,” and then actually do;
In exploring for the sake of it;
In doing nothing, without feeling guilty;
That time is more valuable than money;
That your life is meaningful,
That light is magic. ✨


“Summer Sun” is a small, yet beautiful wall decoration or shelf art that reminds us we are in control of our priorities. We can choose to pause and enjoy the way the sun shines and see the colors in the sky. If you enjoy a sunny day, if you long to escape to the beach, and if you could use a little R and R, this one is for you. This painting will be perfect displayed in your home and brings with it the light and hope of the sunshine.


“Summer Sun” is one of three paintings created from Duck Lake, Michigan, including "Aglow" and Ripples."

Summer Sun 6x6" square painting

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  • This sunny painting was created in layers of professional-grade acrylic paints with brush and palette knives. Gently dust with a clean, dry cloth as-needed. The canvas panel is 6” tall by 6” long. The edges are 3/8“ deep and painted dark blue. This painting arrives ready-to-hang no frame required.