Today we had quite a blow up with a thunderstorm of such strength as I have never seen before. I was told we had a "micro-burst". Several tree limbs came down on our roof and my chimney got damaged. One big one fell across my driveway but missed my truck. Several big ones came down in the backyard and damaged some rhododendrons and blueberry bushes. But worst of all by far, was a large oak tree was blown over crashing down on the barn of my neighbor James. This is the building on the right of three outbuildings he has on the crest of the hill, and the subject of many paintings and pastels in recent years.
When I first met James as he was moving in, he told me his plans to tear down the buildings and put up some newer structures. I told him that I hoped it was not going to happen too soon, since I liked the rustic way they looked, always looking different in the profile they presented on the hill. So I soon after did a watercolor of them, then about a year later I gave it to him as a Christmas gift. This prompted another watercolor, and then a pastel. Then I began a series of three pastels that I framed as a triptych. Then as the seasons changed I kept doing the barns. Recently, after starting pleinairartists.ning.com and getting very jacked-up to paint on location in oils, did two plein air oil paintings of James's barns.
Maybe tomorrow I will go over an shoot some photos of the mess... or maybe I should do another oil painting. I'll miss the barns, but I am glad I painted them while I had the chance.