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I’m really  intrigued by gesture.  The two people read their newspapers while relaxing.  The man holds the paper up to his left while crossing his leg and holding it with his right hand.  The girl is slouching down in the seat while she reads.  The painting portrays them as if they’re under a skylight.  This is done with the light carpet and highlights on clothes.  The background is darker.  The contrast between dark and light create a dramatic image and the subjects are emphasized.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is my annual portrait of my wife, Norene.  I’ve been a member of a national portrait society for a few years.  I’ve attended their conventions.  Each year I look at their award winners.  I’ve gotten quite turned off by them because they look exactly like photographs.  I think there are  a lot of beautiful photo portraits, but I feel a painted portrait should look like paint.  There is a beauty in an oil painting that a photo doesn’t have.  It’s like spoken word versus singing.  The painting is the singing version.  I prefer painted portraits.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve always liked walking along the ocean.  I enjoy the sound of the seagulls and the crash of the waves.  Sometimes the sunlight reflects in lots of places creating a shimmering effect.  This painting portrays a family enjoying themselves along the shore.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIndiana has the second largest state fair in the United States.  One of the most loved activities there is the daily tractor parade.  Dozens of farm tractors are driven down the main road.  The farmers driving them smile and wave to the crowd.  They usually have a couple of other people riding with them.

I’ve concentrated more on shapes of colors rather than drawing the figures which gives the feeling of the sun shining on them.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love seeing the innocence of little kids. They like to explore every  nook and cranny they can find.  Before too long, adults will encourage them to grow up.  When that happens, their innocence seems to leave them.  I remember being that age — sometimes I wish I could go  back to that time — or maybe not.  My way of feeling those emotions happens when I paint.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother painting inspired by my recent trip to the New England Coast.  This scene is from Rockport, Massachusetts looking down from the harbor wall at rowboats which are docked.  I was intrigued by their repetition of shapes and the contrast between the dark water and the light boats.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA few years ago my wife, Norene. wanted me to be like Rembrandt and Frida Kahlo who did annual self-portraits.  This is my fifth.  The first four were close-ups of my face.  This time she wanted the painting to show more of my personality.  I spend many hours drawing and she thought that’s what the picture should show, so here I am.