The above  painting is titled "Come Swim With Me".

This painting is my first attempt at a scene completely under water. The seal in this painting is based on a gray-toned screen saver photo showing the seal but nothing around it. I didn’t want to paint a gray toned painting and I wanted to have the seal swimming in and round under water vegetation, rocks and crevasses as might be found on the bottom of oceans and rivers.

This seal appears to be smiling. Although seals do not eat the vegetation found on and around the rocky crevasses, it might just be that it has discovered an area populated with fish. Seals do eat fish. Perhaps it is smiling because it is about to have a fish feast.

Regardless of what has brought a smile to the seal, it is my hope that this smiling seal painting can bring a smile to you and brighten your day as we all deal with the on-going pandemic.

For now, we must all limit our travels and avoid crowds. It is my hope that with the help of God, this pandemic will end soon. When it does, we’ll all be able to return to normality – which just might include enjoyment of spring-time weather, swimming at the beach, or going to a nice restaurant and having a great meal, a feast,  with friends and loved-ones.

The painting below is titled "Spring Is Coming"

The Coronavirus, the hope of spring; our ability to unite and overcome.

Spring is a time of transition. The weather turns from cold, perhaps harsh conditions to milder, warming, pleasant times.

In this painting, the mountains in the background still have some snow-covered areas, but the lower portions are in process of greening. Perhaps the lake in front of the mountains is being refreshed as the snow melts and gives way to new growth of grass and plants.

The foreground shows rows of flowers of various types and colors as might be found on a flower farm. Is there any better sign of spring than blossoming flowers?

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
― Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

The above quote is particularly suitable for many of us in the spring of 2020 as we cope with not just the traditional spring pollen allergies, but the adverse impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Another quote associated with spring

 “If people did not love one another, I really don't see what use there would be in having any spring.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

The Victor Hugo quote reminds me how the experience of a crisis typically pulls us together. Regardless of differences we put them aside and replace them with hope, love, respect, compassion, and eagerness to help a fellow human.

Maryland has set up coronavirus.maryland.gov with all of the most current health information, updated daily at 10:00 a.m. While this site is aimed at Marylanders, there are guidelines that are applicable to everyone. Also, if you live in another state, you may find that your state has a similar coronavirus site.

It is my hope this painting can bring joy and pleasant thoughts of springtime experiences. I also hope that it is a reminder that just as the harshness of winter transforms to the pleasantness of spring, with the blessing of God, and our love for one another, the COVID-19 adverse experience will be replaced with a loving, healthy, and prosperous future.

You can contact me with comments via email at paintingsbyrick@gmx.com or  https://www.facebook.com/RickSchimpfSr

Stay healthy everyone.

Exhibit Information

Snow Moon - shown below -has been selected to appear in the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County exhibit titled “All Things Small & Big”. The exhibit will be located at the BWI concourse “C”. It was scheduled to open March 23, 2020 and close July 22, 2020. However, the exhibit is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The earliest projected time frame for the opening of the exhibit is early June 2020. 

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