This is the third painting in my series: Power of the Wind. It has special meaning, in addition to the expression of a massive wind turbine towered over by clouds and sky. The winding road came from my imagination, and as I worked on it I realized that winding roads are part of everyone's life. Mine has taken some surprising turns recently, leading me down a different path than I could have imagined. Life is funny that way. Have you ever heard the song, "A Long and Winding Road?" I think it was by the Beatles.
People who know me may recognize certain elements of this painting. Michael, the cloud?
In this painting the wind turbine is standing tall, like a sentinal of sky and earth, embraced by the gently waving rows of crops. When I painted the fields, I subconsciously remembered the yellow, waving fields of wheat I saw every time I visited my daughter at college in eastern Washington.
The paintings in this series are being done on the largest canvases I have ever worked on (5 feet tall by 4 feet wide). I wanted to work large to symbolize the massive nature of my subjects--behemoth wind turbines! Since I can't stretch canvases that big, Allan gets them for me from an artist in Portland.
Here are some photos showing the development of this painting.