A friend at work commissioned a painting after seeing and admiring Mistletoe House. It surprised me to realize it's been over six years since I painted Mistletoe House.
He inspired me with a photo of a painting his father had done at age 8, of a mill with a tall house and a tall mill wheel above a pond with a duck (Donald) floating upon it. It was impressive and expressive for an eight year old and evocative for my friend.
While on vacation at Black Mountain recently this watercolor seemed to emerge from the page. I started with a lot of random blind contour lines from interesting photos, as I usually do, and this was the result after I cleaned up and dreamed over it. Most of my watercolors leave more to chance or to work out during the painting, but this composition was almost completely decided with the drawing.
Regardless of the start, most paintings finish the same way, working the composition and emphasis, making fewer and fewer decisions until there isn't anything left that seems to need or want doing. While there was no duck in my mill painting, there were the usual fish.
19 x 19 watercolor on Arches 140 lb hot press paper. Sold.