Apparently I am on a mission to paint barns. I did three more. I have a file of photographs I've taken of another six or so. They may well become paintings at some point. And I have folks from FB sending me photos of barns they see on the road, all over Washington. I don't really want to work from other people's photographs but now I also have a list of places to go do some more picture-taking if I want to. (The exception is for commissions. Then it's not really considered a "derivative work". I may be getting a commission to do a painting of a barn for a family whose barn finally blew down. The only possible references are their photos.)
After the first three barns in Olalla, I turned my attention to a couple of barns in my own neighborhood.
This one is entitled "Manchester Memory". Oils on canvas, 22" x 28".
This next barn is on the same road near Manchester Park. I called it "Moss and Metal", and if you look at the two roofs, you can see why. Oils on canvas, 18" x 24"
After I posted it on FB, the owner's wife contacted me and told me a bit about the family history. Her husband has owned the barn for a very long time. 50 years I think, though the barn is older than that. When he was young, a girlfriend painted a watercolor of the barn for him. Wife says it's not so good.
I had a Giclee print made and framed it. I am giving it to them free of charge. I figured it was only fair.
The wife will be giving it to her husband for his birthday. I'm sure she's hoping the other picture will come down. Hah!
Last, the truck painting. It's probably a 1949 or '50 Dodge, according to someone who knows more about these things than I do. The truck is only a mile from my house, between where I live and the two Manchester barns pictured above. It's been sitting in that field for years and years. It used to be green, and some of it still is. It's invisible for a good part of the year, because the blackberries tend to overgrow it. I managed to get a few late-winter pictures to work from.
I call it "Long Term Parking". Oils on canvas, 16" x 20".
Taking a couple of days off now to consider what I want to paint next.