I'm posting this quite late since I've been on the road all day, on my way to Maryland. Stopped for the night in Weston, WV. It seems appropriate to share with you my painting of Chesapeake City on the Delaware canal in Maryland, a place I will be visiting soon.
Across the Potomac River from Washington DC is the town of Alexandria VA. In the historic Old Town Alexandria is this lovely street, once the home to many of the local sea captains, thus the name, Captain's Row.
This is a most remarkable structure, with William Penn standing at the top, looking out over the city he designed. For years there was an unwritten law that no building could be higher that Willy's hat, but that was abandoned in the 1980s when the first Liberty Place eclipsed dear William.
We're back in the Big Apple today. Well, not "in it" so much as looking at it from some point convenient for me to create this imaginary skyline, focusing on selected, historic skylines from the early 20th century.
A Skyline of my own design
Completed in the summer of 2001, this remains one of the most complex pastel paintings I've ever done. I wonder if this is what drove me to the barns.
In this intense political season the term "values" is easily bantered about without much clarification, usually referring to one or two volatile public issues. I would like to offer a specific "value" that I think is overlooked and/or ignored in our public discourse.
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines
thoughtfulness as: absorbed
in or involving thought,showing
consideration for the needs of other people, andshowing
careful consideration or attention.
thoughtful expressions of beliefs and policies have given way to toxic diatribe
and name calling, where substance is replaced by emotional and often
inflammatory exclamations. Anyone
paying even the slightest attention to public media has experienced this in the
growing division in so many areas of our culture.We are now “at war”: there is a “war on women”, a “war on
God”, a ”war on the 2nd Bill of Rights”, and more.What thoughtful dialog that does exist
is drowned out by the noise of the extremists whose only concerns seem to be to
discredit the opposition and rally their “base”, rather than present a
well-reasoned narrative explaining their position and supporting it with
facts.The losers in this climate
are truth, understanding, and we the people,
am not proposing that we ignore our differences; that would be neither possible
nor desirable.On the contrary, we
should, learn from one another by embracing them and selecting the best that
each has to offer.And this cannot
happen until we learn to respect opposing viewpoints, and replace diatribe with
representing over 300 million people cannot survive without reaching for a compromise
on political, fiscal, and religious differences.
Located on the famed "Eastern Shore" of the Chesapeake Bay, St. Michaels is a pure visual delight, as well as a magnet for boaters, fishermen, and tourists. I painted the town twice, the first time from land, and the second from the water, thanks to dear friends Tuck and Betty and their boat. (In addition to the visual delights I still remember the Red Snapper soup that Betty served us that day.)
Below is the second of the two paintings.