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.
I hope this painting speaks for itself, but my relationship with the boat is another story. I started to build her a few years back when we lived in Mocksville: I bought a whole tree of pine lumber, and took two years to build 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. But oh! and alas, I was interrupted by the recession of 2008. That part's definitely sad, but I don't regret a minute of the boat-building, and I still believe she's a very beautiful boat. The molds are moldering in my garage, teasing me to finish. A waste of time you say? Wasted expense? Come about, there mate! I met some wonderful like-minded folk, and had a great time. Ask me sometime, and I'll tell you a salty tale involving sailors and sailing, good friends and good crafting. Arrrrrr! The image is based on 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.