Well, that was an unexpected pause - blame it on Covid-19.
Onward and upward - I have 4 oil paintings in progress. One of them has been 'in progress' for several years so it is fortunate a very patient person commissioned it. After several drafts to combine several photos into one picture, I think I might have a better layout now. We'll see.
The paintings that have one good reference photo work way better for me, but I need the brain challenge of making my own images. This one reuses a horizontal oil painting (sunset on water) as a background for a vertical landscape of a foreground tree in autumn. Nothing of the underpainting left though. Maybe I don't entirely get the concept of background...
Valley Visual Artists
Merritt once had a local art group called "Valley Visual Artists." They painted together regularly, organized annual art shows and hosted art workshops. It faded away, but never really disappeared. Maybe the VVA will rise again...