This is another England painting. I love boats. I love fishing. I really like the sound of seagulls and enjoy watching the boats float up and down as the waves come in to shore. This painting has a little bit different viewpoint than many I’ve done — it’s from above, looking at the harbor from the side.
A few years ago my wife told me she wanted me to be like Rembrandt or Frida Kahlo who did annual self-portraits. This is the fourth one. Each time I’ve used different techniques. This time I went for a more impressionistic method and each stroke can be viewed in the picture.
Tonight I presented a portrait I did of Mayor Mark W. Myers to the city of Greenwood, Indiana. I moved to Greenwood in 1998 and have absolutely loved it. I’ve wondered how I could ever pay the city back for the wonderful life I’ve had here. After considerable thought, I decided to paint a portrait of the mayor and donate it to the city.
This portrait was done more with emotion than anything. Instead of trying to do her eyes, nose, mouth, etc. correctly, I would catch myself portraying feelings, then realize I wasn’t concentrating on specifics. I’d try to get back to that, but would slip back to the emotional involvement. I just let my brushstrokes flow. She is a strong and caring influence on so many people — she’s a diving coach who encourages her divers to greatness. She is very loyal and considerate to her friends and she absolutely loves her family. I’ve wanted to portray that feeling more than anything.
I’ve known Dee Jay Bawden since I was in first grade. He’s always been a lot of fun, but the great thing about him is he went after his dream. He always wanted to be a sculptor. He spent years of hard work, losing everything he had, but never gave up. Now he is a well known master sculptor and owner of Total Statue. His work can be seen all over the world — in fact, look at https://www.totalstatue.com/custom-art-portfolio.html to see examples of his work. He’s married to the wonderful Deana Johansen Bawden and his sons are sculptors, too, working with their dad. What a great guy he is, and what an example to those trying to achieve their dreams!
In the New Testament, Luke 2:8-14 we read of angels watching their flocks by night. Angels appear to them to announce the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. The last thing said to them in verses 13 and 14:
“ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
With the condition of the world right now, I think we need a little “Peace, Good Will Toward Men.”
This painting shows atmospheric perspective — the closer cars are larger than the ones further back, giving the impression of depth. The same thing happens with linear perspective — the sidewalk is wider at the bottom of the painting, but gets smaller the further back it goes.