Here are a few recent paintings, including two I finished this past week.
The first is my latest barn painting. I was still working on it when I posted the other 15.
This barn is located in Skagit County, Washington, in farm country. The area has so many old barns that the county publishes a self-tour of over 50 historic barns, and there are tons of others who haven't made it to the registry yet.
This one is on the registry and still a working barn; the farmer was on a tractor in a field behind the barn- he waved at me and I waved back when we pulled up to take the shot. The farmers on the registry are quite used to folks stopping by for a look or a few pictures.
"Bradshaw Road Barn" Oils on canvas, 20" x 24"
This painting was commissioned by a person who wanted it as a surprise for her children and grandchildren.
The setting is the view from the back of the family's house in California.
The two grandchildren are pictured, and the title is "Sisters". The size is 24" x 28"
This painting took a very long time to complete. Right after I took the commission, I came down with a viral infection in my left ear that made me more ill than I can ever remember being, and caused extreme vertigo. I was too sick to move for a couple of weeks, and when I could finally get out of bed, moving around was still difficult. Painting a little each day became the goal, as I couldn't drive or work or do much of anything. I became exhausted easily. Consequently it took me weeks and weeks to finish, but it helped me keep my sanity. I managed to complete it within the promised time frame, though, and shipped it off about 2 weeks ago. The colors in the photo here do not do it justice- it's far more vibrant in real life. Argh.
(10 weeks after the initial assault to my balance, the vertigo I experienced has ebbed but not disappeared. It is possible that I will have it for the rest of my life. I don't need a cane for balance any more, and at this point I can do everything necessary for self-reliance, including driving and working. The rest of it- well, we'll see, I guess.)
At 30" x 40" in size, this next oil painting is probably one of the largest I've done in a very long time.
It is part of a group of three to five paintings that will go into a show this fall. The gallery on Bainbridge Island that represents me holds a show each year exclusively for their "new" artists- those of us who have come on board in that past year. They call it "Debutantes".
The painting is a foggy view of the Navy base at Bremerton. I've done several of the same subject. As with the barn paintings, I am interested in trying different versions of similar subjects.
Under the photo of "Quiet Watchers" is a photo showing the three paintings completed so far for the show, drying on my studio wall.
Left: "Rain on the Way" 12" x 24"
Middle: "One Blue Boat" 16" x 20"
Right: "Quiet Watchers" 30" x 40"
Right now I'm taking a break from "foggy" and working on a beach view of Cannon Beach, OR.
(It's one of my favorite places on the Pacific Coast.) After that will be another barn, and then possibly a water view of New Jersey at dusk, from a photo sent to me by a cousin in Perth Amboy.