This painting was purchased by my Dentist Dr. Richard Crowley of Newark, NJ. By the way he is a great dentist. If you want to see the painting it faces his patients as he skillfully works on their teeth.
After He purchased the painting the watercolor won first prize in the Union New Jersey Arts Festival so he got a double find.
This is a painting I made of Rosie before she became famous. Here she is in a reflective mood. I don’t know what she was thinking about at the time. Perhaps it was preparation for a speaking gig or what book she was planning to write.
She is still in a reflective mood. Now, she is often thinking about blogging. Her blogging has really been taking off, and her openness has helped many other bloggers get there start in the blogging arena as well. You can visit and share on Rosies Boomer Review.
Perhaps she will do a review of my site, since I am a boomer also.
This painting was part of and article in American Visions Magazine published in 1987 the subject was: Building The Future For Black Families. Other artist included were Jacob Lawrence, Henry O. Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Varnette P. Honeywood, William H. Johnson, Patrick Morelli, and Pheoris West. This was a good moment for me to be included with so many well known artist. The little girl in the picture is my wife as a child. The picture is painted in watercolor and is about 22″ x 17″
This watercolor called “The American Counterpuncher” is ,in my opinion, an image of strength. I attempted to illustrate that after Jack Johnson took a punch he had the quick ability to counterpunch his opponent and to evaluate how to win over his foe.
Yet, you are probably saying, “But Ray, this picture does not show Jack punching or moving around in the ring?” My answer to this is to read about his life. His entire life was a fight in and out of the ring.
He used some of the same type of strategies that can help us to counter insults, counter economic loses, counter injustices, counter age discrimination. We need the ability to quickly evaluate the situation and get back in there and win. So don’t quit, rethink, retool, and rebuild. Win!
What strategies are you using to win today?
This is a small watercolor titled “Michael” about 11″ x 14″ This was a quick painting, painted in one setting. Young folks don’t like to sit for long so I had to work fast. This Young man is probable an adult now. Hopefully I have left a positive influence on his life.
- Key point when painting young people don’t put in too much detail in the face. This keeps them from looking old.