First, Cabin C—home sweet home at Takodah for a week this summer. Meg and I wrote to registrar Sarah in advance of family camp to make our bid for an older cabin with the hinged shutters that have to be propped open with sticks from the ground. Camp without those shutters? Not camp. Camp without meticulously selecting those sticks? Not camp. If you've been following this blog, you know I struggled a few weeks ago to paint a portrait of Cabin C—with its shutters! with its sticks! Turns out the best of those paintings was still only a rough draft. Turns out I had to paint a few camp clotheslines, with cabins in a supporting role rather than in the spotlight, to find my way into this totally satisfying portrait with Cabin C front and center. Camp!!!
Second, Sylvia—whom I met a few weeks before our respective weddings 40 years ago. Our friendship hit the ground running and that friendship is still home sweet home for me despite our having lived 1000 miles away from each other for 33 years. If Sylvia weren't my friend, I don't think I'd be painting (another story, another day). If not for an email discussion with Sylvia the other day, I don't think I'd have figured out how to create depth and contrast in a scene that was predominantly green. I rarely think about, let alone consciously apply, my rudimentary knowledge of warm and cool colors. But Sylvia got me thinking. She brought me home!
6x6", acrylic on gessobord
[not for sale]