Business Painting

Back in the Realm

I think its been over 4 years since I abandoned this website and gave up on my goal to create oil paintings for an eventual show. I’ve had to learn to let go of feelings attached to unfortunate circumstances that led to my departure from painting. The motivation has been returning, and within the past year I’ve actually completed three new paintings as well as started on a fourth.

My son had moved out and drove across the country to live next to the ocean in North Carolina. After 19 years living together, it was very strange suddenly being alone. I happened to see the words ’North Carolina’ on a description for a tv show while surfing for something to watch one night, and so I clicked on it. The show was all about Tuna fishing in the Atlantic, and I was inspired to paint.

I got the urge to paint again and hired the daughter of a female friend from high school to come down from Reno and pose. A few days later I had an even younger daughter of some friends come by and pose. I was actually quite surprised at how quickly I was able to finish this one. I was averaging 5-6 hours a day.

While waiting for some new painting supplies and a canvas to arrive, I decided to do a quick painting on a panel that I had laying around. I didn’t want to spend too much time on it because I really don’t like the smooth surface of panels. It’s another fishing boat on the ocean.

And the last bit of art related news is that I got a call from a former work colleague asking if I’d like to teach some drawing and possibly painting classes at our local art center that she now manages. So I have been busy coming up with teaching ideas and also getting this website rebuilt so that I can accept student registrations and take online payments. I’m curious what kind of interest we’ll have in this little town.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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