‘Capering along the Shore’ is the fourth painting in the Motion series
My current series of oil paintings (4 x 2 ft) showing ‘People in Motion’ is based on montages made from photographs and excerpts of videos overlaid with photos of a sunset reflecting in South Bar Lake, waves of Lake Michigan or clouds in an evening sky. This series was a dynamic extension of earlier paintings of models in still poses. ‘Dancing in the Sunset’ is based on excerpts from a video of the model Kuan dancing in the Spring Studio in NYC, stringing together her still poses; ‘Playing at the Beach’ shows my Grandson skimboarding at the water’s edge of Lake Michigan; ‘Dancing in the Sky’ is based on excerpts of the Polunin’s Hawaiian dance ‘Take me to Church’; ‘Capering along the Shore’ is based on snapshots of my friend Cindy at the shore of Lake Michigan.
In the mid-sixties of the last century, Gerhard Richter did photo-paintings using photographs of family. Now, half a century later, I felt the same urge to paint my family. In contrast toRichter’s “hallmark blurred photographs”, with my science background, I still enjoy putting my motifs into focus. To add a context to a given photograph, a time or emotional context, I overlaid it with another image, a technique I learned doing scientific illustrations.
Woods Hole, 1969; 12-years-later, 2006 & 2018; and Borkum, 1946; are oils on ACM covered with Belgian Linen, 8 x 10 inches. Banter Sea, 2007 and High Line 2019 are oils on wooden panels, 16 x 16 and 16 x 12, respectively.