Visited my friends in Port Townsend, Washington. It is a beautiful town on the Olympic Peninsula and the wooden boat capital of the U.S. Painted at Fort Woden and Point Wilson. Viewed but failed to paint one of my favorite structures in the country. Alexander's Castle was a residence built to accommodate a Reverend and his Scottish bride. When he went to get her, she had already married. It is a beautiful and tragic residence. While painting this scene, I got trapped by high tide for a couple of hours. It was delightful. You can see the lighthouse on the end of the point.
My job, as a draftsman, took me to Galveston to bid for a job. I had a couple of hours to kill so I whipped up a beach study. There was a lot of demands on my time but I always made painting a priority. It is funny because when I was able to paint full time, my output did not increase. I was lucky that I could take periodic leaves of absence, at slow times, to travel and paint. Decided to visit friends in the Pacific Northwest....as you will see next.
Just tidying up my time on campus. Wanderlust was beginning to set in and I was "Jonesing" for a new adventure. I am starting to feel confident in my abilities. I use to sit in a studio and dream about travel, or travel and anticipate returning home to paint. I was past that schism. I had not quite found those rubies slippers but the yellow bricks, of a path not taken, were beginning to show themselves. There is no home like place, there is no home like place, there is no home like place.