loched in memory

I have favorites. Some pieces I've painted that I am more excited about than others. Same thing applies to commissions. Sometimes the photos provided are OK, but the painting that comes from them turns out better than expected, or vice versa. And sometimes everything about a piece just clicks in such a way that it can make you step back and think, 'I can't believe I painted that.'

This was one of those pieces. It left the studio a few weeks ago, and I thought I had forgotten to photograph it for my archive. I found this photo when I was cleaning up my phone.

 the Loch on the Caledonian Canal near Invernness, Scotland, mixed media on canvas, 12x16, 2016

the Loch on the Caledonian Canal near Invernness, Scotland, mixed media on canvas, 12x16, 2016

The woman that commissioned this grew up here, and her daughter used to wave at the captain of this vessel whenever he passed by. The photo and the explanation behind it were full of loving nostalgia. I was particularly taken with this photo because I will be heading to Scotland this summer, for the first time. I'm looking forward to wandering cobbled streets lined with old stone buildings, and wandering windy hilltops under heavy skies like the one in this piece. My friend and I haven't settled all the details of that trip yet, but it's enough right now to know that I am going. It will be fantastic to see and photograph places like these for myself, instead of just adventuring in them secondhand.