By The Seine


I remember almost a decade ago when Norene and I visited Paris with our son-in-law Will, our daughter Jennifer, and their kids Ashley, Zach, and Natalie. We did all of the fun stuff there. We went up the Eiffel Tower. We ate at outdoor restaurants. I loved seeing the artist’s stalls at Montmartre. We visited the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay. I enjoyed a ride down the Seine. The kids loved to climb all over everything. This painting is of Norene with Will and Jennifer’s family standing along the Seine River.

I’ve tried to portray the sun shining on them. You can see light on their left sides. There is light coming through slits in the bridge. Probably the main thing I have done is painting shapes. Look at the white skirt on Jennifer. It has shapes that are different colors. The whole painting is just a bunch of shapes.

I believe in having fun while painting. That’s what I did with this picture. I just slapped the paint on the canvas. I don’t care what anyone else thinks about it. It’s great as far as I’m concerned.

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May 18, 2011

Susie @ 8:41 pm #

Well, I think it’s great! What great memories you have of a special time with your family. I was lucky enough to travel to the same places once upon a time. This painting brings back fond memories to me, as well.

May 19, 2011

Nicole @ 12:29 am #

This is great! I especially love Zach and Natalie. Very fun!

Jennifer @ 8:26 am #

The figures are my favorite part of this painting. I especially love the kids…they were in constant motion, and this captures that. I also love the colors and light on the bridge itself. Fun memory!

Todd @ 9:06 am #

The lighting in this painting is so vibrant and inviting. Quite striking.

Dave @ 11:32 am #

It’s great as far as I’m concerned, too. You have your own special way with composition and with paint. What a wonderful way to capture a memory. (I have photos of my time in Paris with Dot two years ago. It’s time I tried my hand at painting something with her in it.) I’m always glad to see you painting.

Jean Collard @ 7:54 pm #

*Dear Tom, I always enjoy seeing pictures of your paintings. After reading your comments about this new one–the Seine, I was able to get even more out of the painting.*

Christine @ 11:11 pm #

What a great painting. I love it…and I have always thought I was the luckiest person in the world to have the very neat parents that I have, even as a teenager. :)

May 20, 2011

LaDawn @ 7:06 am #

Tom…I love your paintings and I think I love even more your outlook on life. I enjoy reading your descriptions just as much as looking at the art. Thank you for reminding me how wonderful my own children are and to enjoy the time I have with them! (Your kids are pretty great too!!)

Angie @ 10:41 am #

It captures perfectly the fun vacation feel. Nice job!

May 24, 2011

Ashley @ 2:54 pm #

I love it!!! I love me hanging over the bridge!

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