18x24 inches :: acrylic and then oil on stretched canvas
This painting first started out with acrylic paints on canvas. It was actually something I did as a demonstration while teaching a private painting lesson several days ago. After taking two days off from painting (in order to travel Bakersfield to attend my 30th high school reunion), I decided today to paint right on top of my acrylic work using oil paints and referencing a photo of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse by @jude_allen. I enjoyed how the houses I had made with the acrylic under layers worked together with the oil over layers to create a neighborhood of sorts, to surround the lighthouse.
While at the reunion, a friend from high school asked me where I was with my thoughts about God. I said that for the most part, I'm pretty much in the pocket of "I don't know" but that the more I get opportunities to really look at the vastness of the sky, into the petals of a flower, that I feel a shift from my "I don't know" to a "maybe there is." The sky in this work makes me feel that very shift.