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Aodhan, my great nephew, lives in Northern Maine where he spends lots of time outdoors. I imagined him daydreaming as the loons swam together across the lake.
The Fourth of July was fun at Jimmy and Elaine’s house in Vermont. Games, swimming, music, eating, and drinking. What could be better? This was a particularly competitive cribbage game, but I think Jimmy had the upper hand.
I loved this photo of great nephew Tate. He is full of energy and is often in his own imaginary world. I think he may enjoy rolling in the grass just as much, or even maybe more than playing soccer.I liked the way his hair mirrored the lush grass.
Dinner at Dixie’s house in the California redwoods was always peaceful. The dusky light on her table was mesmerizing as Dixie brought the food. I liked her slow and steady movement and the colors of her dress. The redwoods and the mountains in the distance were beautiful, bringing the magic of the environs inside.
This portrait was created from a number of photos taken during a whale-watching trip off Provincetown. Zach just graduated from high school, and we were enjoying a final summer with him before he started on his own journey.
This is a portrait of Lily wearing her favorite purple Cape Cod sweatshirt. She has the most amazing hair—I probably spent longer painting her hair that any part of this painting. I liked the way Lily was transfixed by the gentle waves, becoming part if the seascape’s patterns. This is the third O’Connor portrait—joining paintings of siblings Matthew and Hannah.
City Lights is a famous bookstore in San Francisco. Richard and I visited the city before we decided to move there in the 90s. We were setting on a new life adventure, full of excitement, love and promise. Brilliant colors and symbolism emphasize the excitement I felt in this memory portrait of the past.
The clouds and the beach were pristine and glorious during a visit to the Florida panhandle. I loved the colors and the reflections in Zach’s sunglasses.
Matthew at play on the beach. He gets totally caught up in his imagination and creates fantastical worlds. I was using a limited palette of complimentary colors in this oil painting.
We were taking a walk behind my nephew’s house in Maine and came upon this sunken dock in a pond. The sky was brilliantly reflected in the water. Anna, his wife, perched on the end of the dock—contemplating, as it turned out, leaving. It was a surreal and symbolic image.
Nothing holds Hannah back. I loved her red dress as she ran through the surf at high tide. In this painting I was experimenting with a looser brush stroke. I like this direction—it leaves more to the viewer’s imagination.
Zach has been flying with us since he was an infant. I thought his expression caught the feeling of being in that space between places as we flew over the Alps.
Zach was fascinated with puzzles when he was a child. He would sit for hours figuring them out. I especially like the light in this painting. It shows the passage of time as Z quietly contemplates.
Richard with the infant Zach. This image reminded me of a Madonna with child.
During the late eighties, I traveled to Guatemala and visited several Mayan regions. The textiles and colors were amazing, and I took a number of photos. Later I painted several watercolors of this imagery.
This watercolor is based on a series of photos I took in Chichicastenango in the eighties. I used a thick soft watercolor paper that let the paint bleed. Nice for backgrounds.