I loved painting this piece. I was developing a technique new to me of using watercolor straight from the tube with just a few drops of water trying to create very rich intense layers of color. The surprise was that in putting down a next layer it also exposed layers of color underneath. Also, I outlined areas of the painting in a vivid bright pink and if you look closely you can see bits of it peeking out.
Pt. Aux Barques translates to “place of small boats”. This very early light was established in 1847 on the tip of the thumb. This was the last safe place to stop before heading across 100 miles of open water to Saginaw Bay. This white 89’ brick tower and keeper’s quarters were built in 1876. This hidden treasure of a light with it’s well maintained maritime museum is in a county park and campgrounds off Hwy 25 on the tip of the thumb.
The museum houses a few rare pieces of the original China service with the Lighthouse Services insignia. The Coast Guard ordered anything with the insignia destroyed when they took over in the 1950s. Be sure it include this light in any fall tour you take in the thumb of Michigan. For more history go to www.lighthousefriends.com. For cards and prints go to www.michiganlighthouseart.com
Michigan Artist, Anita Saviko, Her goal is to research the histories and paint all Michigan lighthouses/range lights past and present, a total of spprox. 150 lights.