I’ve redone my room and now the time has come to start hauling back some of the things that have lived there for a long time. I have a lot of paintings, as you might expect, and even a few of mine that I’ve chosen to keep over the years. Here are a couple that have been in their spot above the desk for a couple of decades.
The first is a window in an old house on the prairie. The glass is thick and wavy, the window sill is broad, and the trees have grown up so close around the house that the room is cool and dark. I was pleased with pulling off a tricky subject and achieving a real feel of the place.
The second is a petroglyph we saw on the West Coast (Bella Coola). The bright moss growing in the grooves really enhanced the carvings. I remember being displeased with this one until I darkened that bottom corner, making the rock curve toward the viewer. Then I liked it very much and so I kept it.
It is good to keep some examples of your work from each year or stage of growth. It’s nice to be able to see how far you’ve come; the memories stored in each painting are a sort of diary of the years of work an artist puts into their skill.