The Keeler Talc Mill has a long history, ranging from about 1889-1942. The town of Keeler, CA., was named after the owner of the mill, James Keeler, The mill was the main source of talc for the entire U.S. These days many of us know the talc, better know as baby powder (magnesium silicate).
Decades later, I sit on a folding stool, in the hot, direct Keeler sun sketching the mill. Using binoculars, I accomplished several sketches that afternoon. The best of the sketches provides the basis for this limited palette painting, which becomes one of my favorite watercolors.