I completely finished last night. This is a painting of a place called The Dreamland Hotel, which is in the Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Inn was built in 1913, and was often a gathering place for loggers in the area. It is fairly close to our family cottage.
I am pretty happy with the result. I avoided getting bogged down in unnecessary detail, and the lighting worked out fairly well. There is a quiet to the place, and I think the perspective communicates it. I learned a lot with this one. It's 2' x 2', on 1/2" birch plywood.
I just found this old photo:
My family has been frequenting the restaurant for about 60 years, and I have every summer since I was born. Last summer when we were eating there, I realized that they had two paintings of the hotel on the wall there, but the most recent one was probably from the 60's, so I decided to paint it.
Here's the process in reverse:
I'm deciding what to paint next. I think I might paint a night scene. I want to practice with something dominated by light.