This is the third painting in the series in progress, called "Stevens Mill". The image is based on a black and white photo that I took around 1975. The diving board used to be attached to an open dancing pavilion that saw a lot of use in the '60s, but they are both gone now. I did not know the children, but I hope they have prospered. The dark-haired child also appeared in Stevens Mill 1: Stair to Water.
This is not my boat, but I started to build a copy of her a few years ago, before the recession of 2008 intervened. By that time, I had bought a whole tree of pine lumber, and spent two years building a boat shed; I read lots of boat-building books, purchased a beautifully hand-drawn set of plans, made all the molds for the hull, and read nearly all of the Aubrey/Maturin Novels. I don't regret a minute of the effort, and I met some wonderful like-minded folk, and had a great time. I still believe she's a very beautiful design. The boat is a gaff-rigged six-meter canoe yawl, named "Eun Na Mara" (Scottish Gaelic for "Bird of the Sea"), and designed by Iain Oughtred.
9 x 12 inches, watercolor, 2019 original painting $315
framed original painting $414
This is the second painting in the series in progress, called "Stevens Mill". I could have called the series "The Mill With Two Names", since it is also known as Warrick's Mill, but I believe the mill house pictured above is the original structure. The watercolor is based upon a pencil sketch that I made around 1980.
This is the first of a planned series of four or five paintings called "Steven's Mill", based upon an actual mill in Wayne County. The series will be based on photographs and a sketch that I made around 1975. The child who modeled for this one would be around fifty years old now.