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Capering along the Shore

oil on aluminum panel, 48 x 24 in

‘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. 

Dancing in the sunset is the first, and
Playing at the Shore is the second.
Dancing in the Sky is the third


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 to  Richter’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.