The Deployment Project

These small works were daily paintings made from observation and an occasional photographic reference over the 332 day period when my son was deployed overseas with the Army National Guard. It was a commitment that acknowledged his own, and that carved out a moment of time each day for remembering.

My rules were that each painting had to be made in one sitting, without going back later. They were done in oils, except for times I was away from my studio, when I used watercolors. Each is numbered on the back with the number of days since he left home, the number of months he had been gone, the number of days gone that month, and the number of days towards the 270 day deployment.

These works are a narrative of what was in my sight, and a diary of an attempt at an uninterrupted connection to my son.

The following is a selection of those works.

Japanese Teapot
Japanese Teapot
Tomato Pot
Tomato Pot

Oil

Lid Askew
Lid Askew

Oil

Four Points
Four Points

Oil

Red Leaf
Red Leaf

Oil

Red Ornament
Red Ornament

Oil

Pocket Knives
Pocket Knives

Oil

Cheese and Mat Knives
Cheese and Mat Knives

Oil

Sunflowers
Sunflowers

Watercolor

Cabbage and Asters
Cabbage and Asters

Oil

Rubber Chicken
Rubber Chicken

Oil

Measuring Cups
Measuring Cups

Watercolor

Blue Measuring Spoons
Blue Measuring Spoons

Oil

Pink Measuring Spoons
Pink Measuring Spoons

Oil

Turquoise Measuring Spoons
Turquoise Measuring Spoons

Oil

GIRL
GIRL

Watercolor

PUMPKINS
PUMPKINS

Oil

GOURDS
GOURDS

Oil

Pumpkin
Pumpkin

Oil

Hubbard Squash
Hubbard Squash

Oil

Pumpkin and Leaf
Pumpkin and Leaf

Oil

Duck Bill
Duck Bill

Oil

Beak and Pot
Beak and Pot

Oil

Bill
Bill

Oil

Bill and Trunk
Bill and Trunk

Oil

Bottles
Bottles

Oil

Red Seat
Red Seat

Oil

Tall Chair
Tall Chair

Oil

Charger
Charger

Watercolor

Birds
Birds

Oil

Canary
Canary

Oil

Red Bird
Red Bird

Oil

Apple
Apple

Oil

Dark Angel
Dark Angel

Oil