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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.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis painting is a commission.  It is of downtown Indianapolis.  There’s a lot of contrast here — dark to light, etc.  It has organic and geometric shapes which give interest.  Much of the painting is done with atmospheric perspictive — buildings and trees over the top of others to give the impression of depth.  The trees give an interesting touch.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is another painting that was inspired by my recent trip to New England.  I absolutely adore Nantucket.  There’s a magic there.  The houses all have shaker shingles and the roads are brick.  This painting shows a scene at the waterfront — shingled buildings and boats.  New England is famous for lobsters, and this building is where you can get some.  The water reflection is like a mirror except the lines wiggle back and forth because of the wave action.

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I love to do harbor scenes.  In the past they have always been in England, but I decided to see what they’re like on the New England coast.  I drove by all of the towns along the water.  There were a lot of very quaint hamlets and I loved them all, but I was especially intrigued by Rockport, Massachusetts.  The harbor was beautiful.  The sky was clear and the water was deep blue.  Somehow the boats seemed more colorful than normal.  I loved it.  I’ll go back some day.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love to paddle my canoe. There’s nothing like gliding across a lake, listening to the ripples caused by my boat and watching the water drip from my paddles.  This painting is my attempt to portray the atmosphere I feel when I’m out there.  Two things that add to the painting — complimentary color: the red canoe versus the green lake.  Also atmospheric perspective.  The person on the left is painted larger than the one on the right, giving the illusion that she’s closer.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a little town called Rockport along the Massachussets coast.  It’s really close to New Hampshire.  It has a great harbor full of colorful boats.  If you look down into the water from the harbor wall, there are rowboats tied to the dock.    This painting is that very view.  I like their shapes, angles and colors.

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I love to paint boats and harbors, especially from England. I wanted to go back there to get more pictures, but my wife told me I should concentrate on the boats in the eastern United States. This painting is from the experience I had sailing on the “Madeline” from Newport, Rhode Island. I tried to portray the sunset light on the person standing near the sail.