W I N G S O F F R E E D O M
Oil on cotton canvas, 16.5" x 18.5"
Wings of Freedom - my first retirement painting - is based on a photo I shot at Chicago’s Palwaukee Airport.
The small but well attended airshow featured several WWII bombers. My favorite was this battle-scarred, but still airworthy, B-25 J. The plane's moniker, Tondelayo, was inspired by Hedy Lamarr's leading role in the classic 1942 movie, White Cargo.
This painting's title, its strength, brightness, upbeat hues and optimism reflect my disposition as I embrace the milestone of retirement.
T H E D A N C E B E Y O N D
Oil on Panel, 13.5" x 15"
As I watched our grandchildren's tricycle merge into morning light, I thought of Debbie. Free now from illness and shadow of times past. Dancing beyond.
With this tricycle as metaphor for her inspiring life and abiding presence, I painted this panel and signed it: d for Debbie, k for Keith.
Oil on Panel, 17" x 17"
When I snapped reference photos of Winston this past summer, the 6- month old Lab puppy weighed 50-pounds. By the time I finished this painting, he weighed over 70. He's anticipated to weigh-in at 100+ when full grown.
What a handsome, energetic and strong creature!
H O P S C O T C H
Oil on Canvas, 11" x 14"
Depicted here is a quick oil sketch of my sister, Denna, jumping square-to-square during a game of hopscotch. This was my first painting following a month-long, on-line oil painting class taught by one of my favorite contemporary painters, Marjorie Hicks.
From her home studio, Marjorie taught her method of spontaneously and expressively portraying the human figure. Attendees were scattered halfway around the world - from Hawaii to Paris - with Marjorie in Nashville, TN and me in Alexandria, VA.
T H E M I S C H I E F
Oil on Canvas, 16” x 20”
Late afternoon sun showcased the Norwich cityscape as we watched two passersby turn and walk inside this austere but elegant old pub. A visual bard of solitude blanketed the scene.
I said to Debbie, "Edward himself couldn't have art-directed this more Hopper-like." She agreed.
5 years later -and with apologies to Mr. Hopper- I tried capturing this poignant moment on canvas.
M A N N E E D S A R T N E E D S M A N ™
Oil on Canvas / Adobe Illustrator
Giclee on paper, 20" x 20"
When great ideas and great images merge, they're stamped with honest imprints of their authors. They take-on worthwhile parts of human itinerary and synergies form.
Symbioses form too. The familiar becomes wonderful, the wonderful familiar and art becomes essential. Man needs art; art needs man.
My favorite artist/painter, Wayne Thiebaud, puts it this way, "Paintings," he says, "are inert, still, quiet; but painters found a way to bring it [them] to life. A new visual species is another kind of world..."
I cannot say it better than that.
D E B B I E
Oil on cotton canvas, 16.5" x 18.5"
Debbie and I attended what must have been our fourth or fifth Sargent exhibition in mid 2018. Included - among other period painters - was renowned Swedish artist, Anders Zorn.
I left the exhibit inspired to paint a portrait with a Zorn-style limited pallet (consisting of only titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red light and yellow ochre). I took to the palette and was pleasantly surprised by its range of hues. In all my years of painting, I'd never owned a tube of black.
This is my second portrait of Debbie. I painted the first in 1969, our senior year in high school. Seems like yesterday now.
D A N D E L L I O N W A L K
Oil on Canvas 8" x 16“
She loves to walk with Grandma and pick dandelions.
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