Just came back from Wilson's Cove on the coast of Maine. I was asked to paint the Wilson family home but as I spent time there and heard stories of the great Grandfather who built the house, and several others along the coast, whose name lives on in the people and in the cove itself the painting began to hinge upon the legacy of the man rather than the appearance of a building. So now I have returned to Chicago with a preliminary painting of the house as seen from the woodshop, and a selection of photos of tools and varnishes.
A fabulous October Saturday painting the house from the woodshop, surrounded by tools that belonged to the carpenter that built the house, the woodshop, the bench, and the window that I was looking through.
I hope that the final painting will be about a legacy much more than a house.