Getaway, oil, 30"x24", black floater frame. $1200
Drawing, graphite, 10"x8"

Drawing detail
Although Whistle Stop Corner still occupies most of my waking hours (and probably most of my dream time, too), recently I've gotten the chance to paint a bit and to take this drawing commission above. The loving wife of the man on the left (viewers' left) commissioned me to make a drawing of him with his late father for Father's Day. The patio in background has some significance for them, so was requested to include the roof detail.  I've heard that it was received with love and appreciation.

The (large) painting at the top is of a little cove along the western coast of Ireland from my time there in 2010.  I long to spend many weeks in the future exploring that beautiful, beautiful country.
Since I've posted last (I'm embarrassed to see that it was in November... blush), we've traveled to Istanbul in April and got to take my dad with us this time.  It was a special 10 days of family, tulips, ancient architecture and a visit to Istanbul's incredible Modern Art Museum.  I'm in love with that city.

WSC is coming along... We now have new wiring everywhere: we can finally just flip on a switch and SEE. Very exciting, believe me, to roll up all those extension cords and put them away.  A couple of non-weight-bearing interior walls have been demolished and new ones framed in on Saturday.     We still hope to be ready for our first painting workshop in the former grocery store's space in the fall, but have decided not to make ourselves any crazier than we already are by scheduling anything before it's ready to go.   The cottage now has working lights and outlets as of yesterday.  We have our second tenant in Apartment 3.  Our friend Diana came over Friday evening with her tools and before long she had all the blinds installed in Apartment 2.  Things are progressing, we remind ourselves. Before long the vision and the reality will look very much like each other. 

I've gotten some of the sweetest messages from a few of you who let me know I'm being missed.  Thank you, Dear Ones.  I look forward to rejoining this good community when we can come up for air.  In the meantime, I'll post as I'm able!  Sending love....XOXO


Unknown said...

I love your style in the way you painted Getaway. And that's a perfect title. It's a wonderful painting, and your commission drawing looks great. They are going to love having that special drawing!

Linda Popple said...

So happy to hear that Whistle Stop Corner is progressing and you have time to paint and draw. Love your painting and commissioned piece. Hello to all in lovely San Antonio!

Toria said...

Nice to see you back.. and nice drawing :-)

Barbara Muir said...

Beautiful drawing and painting, and you are missed indeed. I was so excited to see a post here. Your life sounds so exciting and happy. That makes me very happy for you.

Please keep painting and drawing. You are wonderful.

Barbara Pask said...

Just happened by and see you posted, I do not get your notification by email anymore. The painting is wonderful and I am sure it brought back great memories. The sketch is amazing and I bet it was a loved gift. We do miss you and would love it if you streamed again, hint hint. You're doing good. Big Hugs

Jo Castillo said...

Such a beautiful and meaningful painting. The commission is great as well. You make it seem so easy. Nice to hear from you and the progress you are making. Looking forward to a visit one way or the other. Hugs all around.