Leo's Landing on Presque Isle State Park is on the bayside just past Vista 3. There have been quite a few changes in this area the past couple of years. The park has been cutting down and hopefully getting rid of the invasive Phragmites returning the area to the wetlands for shore birds and waterfowl. There is a platform at the access road to Leo's called the Feather overlooking the land going out into the bay area of our park.
In looking up why it was called Leo's Landing I found this bit from a long time naturalist, Evelyn Anderson, who wrote for our local newspaper. She wrote "Leo's Landing is one of Presque Isle's least-known historic spots. The location isn't even named on recent park maps. On those maps, there's a dot that indicates an observation platform along the bayside neck of the peninsula. That's the popular Feather overlook, which was demolished by a tornado in 2010. The road beside it leads to Leo's Landing. People living in the Erie region in the 1950s probably remember when it was a boat livery and concession stand run by Leo Hess, a retired chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, who was a caretaker at the Erie Yacht Club."
The Feather she talks about did get rebuilt through grants and private funding.
As for the painting I am still exploring acrylics and painting methods that suit my style. I originally started this on a different canvas with a mixture of light modeling paste and acrylic medium. It just did not work for what I was going for so started over on a gesso coated canvas. My results turned out better. I still have more experimenting to do with acrylics and different grounds. i would like to try Absorbent Ground by Golden and also a mixture of Clear and Regular Gesso. So check back as I continue to paint.
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