Primary Wind Commission ~ Part 2

Creating some wind!

The blue sky that appeared after this morning’s wind and rain storm was like an unexpected dessert!

We are pretty sure the blue skies won’t last because the weather report is calling for cold and rainy temps. Goodbye summer!

Seeing such a magnificent and unexpected blue sky inspired me to hold up my little model of a wind turbine to see if it would turn. It did!

Then I held up Blue Wind to see if the blues matched.

Blue Wind is touch dry and approaching completion, and I was able to hold it steady in the sky for a photo, although the wind did its best to whip it out of my hands!

Comparing the blues in Blue Wind to a real blue sky!

Blue Wind is one of a series of three commissioned paintings I’m working on. The series is called Primary Wind because the paintings are Red, Yellow and Blue.

My last post about this commissioned explained how I came to be inspired to paint wind turbines. In this post I’d like to say how important I think wind energy is in terms of jobs.

My friend and colleague who encouraged me to paint my very first turbine painting was approached recently by a longshore worker. He thanked her emphatically for ‘putting bread on his table’. By that he meant he was grateful for the jobs she created when she helped bring wind turbine components into the Pacific Northwest. These jobs support families and a community that, like many around the nation, struggle with unemployment.

That’s why I think it’s important to say that the business of wind energy, or any renewable energy, is essential to our nation’s economic recovery. From the design and manufacturing of the parts that make up a wind turbine, to the shipping, unloading, transporting, constructing and maintaining the wind turbines, come many, many jobs.

Take Judith Gap, a teeny-tiny little town in Montana. If you blink while driving by, you’ll probably miss it, although I’ve been there many times. A 2005 wind energy project created acres upon acres of wind turbines in the vicinity of Judith Gap. No doubt the construction crews stayed in the local hotel, ate at the local diner, and fueled their vehicles at the local gas station. No doubt the maintenance crews continue to do the same. The residents of Judith Gap just might view prosperity as ‘wind‘!

That’s just one simple example, of which there are so many more. I could go on, but I won’t. I’ll just share with you the progress on this commission, which I have enjoyed very much and look forward to presenting to the customer.

Yellow Wind, up close and personal
Red Wind in progress on the easel