Lighthouses are my theme for Day Two. This is part of the art tag challenge on facebook: Three Paintings a Day for Five Days. (My thanks to artist Myrna Wacknov for inviting me to participate in this challenge).
Lighthouses & Childhood
I grew up in a house with lighthouse paintings. My father had done several paintings of the subject and they lined the walls of our house. I think some were of lighthouses in Maine and some in Spain. In any case, I thought they were exotic, fascinating paintings.
My childhood home was in the desert Southwestern United States. The ocean and lighthouses belonged to a different world and fired my imagination. I wanted to visit lighthouses and own a painting or two myself.
Since childhood, I've seen and visited several lighthouses in this country and abroad.
Grays Harbor Lighthouse
There are many along the Washington and Oregon coast, where I live these days. Also, a friend gave me an ornament of the Grays Harbor (Washington) Lighthouse. The lighthouse became my model, along with some broken sea shells from the beaches of Grays Harbor.
Naturally, a little Peggy-style Cubism creeps in to my design as does a lot of imagination. There are more versions. I think these three have a sense of the storms that visit the Northwest United States Coast.
A word about my naming system, "D" in the title refers to "design", as in "D10" means "Design 10". Thanks!