Potomac River Geese Painting

This is a watercolor painting, painted in the golden ratio dimensions, of a flock of geese gliding over the Potomac River, during a late afternoon a few weeks ago. Every minute or two, for about the ten minutes we sat there watching this, another flock of geese would come, and they’d all gather in a big group a little further down the river. It was very peaceful to watch.

potomac river painting, potomac river watercolor

Potomac River Painting Great Blue Heron

This is a newly completed watercolor painting of the Potomac River on a sunny summer day, with a great blue heron standing watch on a rock!

This view of the river is from the Virginia side, near Lansdowne, in Loudoun County.

This dimensions of this painting are in the ‘golden ratio’, which is considered to be very aesthetically pleasing!

Prints of this Potomac River painting are available as a matte paper print here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1070509843/potomac-river-painting-blue-heron-art

and as a canvas print here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1056576884/potomac-river-painting-canvas-art-print

Portrait of my Daughter

This is a pencil portrait of my daughter Elsa. I love this pre-verbal age, full of pure spirit and joy! Lately when I’m with her, I’ve been thinking about how we heal our inner child wounds as adults, and try to get back to that uninhibited joy and love, which she expresses so naturally and bountifully. It’s such a treasure to spend time with young children.

Painting of my boys playing in water

This is a painting that I recently finished, of my two sons playing in a forest stream on the first day of spring this year. My daughter was there too, but she was being held in my arms while I took the photo! I’ll be starting on a portrait drawing of her soon, which I’ll share here when finished.

Isn’t it interesting how we are attracted to water? The kids were naturally drawn to go play in the stream. This painting got me to thinking about water, so I’ll share a few of my musings:

I heard Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan discuss on a podcast how water is three times more important to survival than food, as one can survive on only water three times longer than one can survive without food (except for breatharians, which is a mysterious deep dive topic that I haven’t yet looked into)!

I’ve also heard that if you place a sacred geometric design next to a glass of water, it structures the water. Someone told me that they tested this by putting a plant cutting in a jar of structured water and another in a jar of unstructured water, and the plant in the structured water jar stayed perky and healthier for a much longer period of time.

Lastly, one of my favorite songs recently is about water. It’s by Caribefunk, one of my favorite bands from Colombia.

Of course it all rhymes in Spanish, but here are the lyrics in English:

The day got dark when the sky shouted,
The birds were frightened, a raindrop fell from the sky,
The women with their umbrellas, dancing to the son (an afro-Cuban dance) of the rain,
And a drum of serenade, from the silence, a social gathering

If the sky cries, I dance in its tears,
Gray days also have their charm
if the storm forms a celebration
and a rainbow gifts me melodies

(repeat)

Rainstorm in May,
Rain of my April,
100 children playing,
in my Caribbean everyone is happy

Rainstorm, let me flow (i.e. let the water run freely),
Hope that you shelter me like you did yesterday
(repeat)

Rainstorm, hopefully it rains coffee in the countryside (ode to a classic song by Juan Luis Guerra),
Rainstorm, gray days also have their charm,
Rainstorm, and may it rain upwards from my moon,
Rainstorm, my Caribefunk brought you happiness,
Water!



Paintings in Progress – Kids Playing at Creek, Golden Gate Bridge

This past week I’ve started working on a couple new paintings:

  1. My boys playing at a forest creek on the first day of spring. This was at Runnymede Park in Herndon, Virginia. While exploring the forest and creek, we tried to track a large woodpecker that would briefly show itself, then fly away to another tree.
  2. The Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve always found this bridge to be a beautiful architectural marvel.
forest creek painting progress
Kids Playing at Forest Creek
Golden Gate Bridge Painting Progress
Golden Gate Bridge Painting Progress

Bahia Honda Florida Keys Painting

A few days ago, I finished this commissioned oil painting of Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys!

When I look at this painting, I feel adventure. I want to climb up the palm tree, cool off in the turquoise water, then get in my car and drive to the next island to explore more!

As I mentioned in an earlier post on Bahia Honda, “…the park is known for balmy sea breezes that caress the shores year-round. Kayaks and snorkeling gear can be rented, and boat trips to the reef for snorkeling excursions are available. The park is an excellent place to observe wading birds and shorebirds, while the Sand and Sea Nature Center introduces nature lovers to the island’s plants and animals.”

This painting is now available in the Seascapes section of my Etsy store, in the following 3 print formats:

Belgian Linen Canvas: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1033556883/bahia-honda-canvas-art-print-florida

Bahia Honda Painting Canvas Print

Birch Wood Panel: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1020080628/bahia-honda-birch-wood-panel-print

Bahia Honda Painting Birch Wood Print

Archival Matte Paper: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1019614702/bahia-honda-art-print-florida-keys

Bahia Honda Painting Matte Paper Art Print

Bahia Honda Painting Progress

Here is a photo of my progress so far on this commissioned beach painting of Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys! I am intending to complete this painting this month, and once finished, I’ll be sure to make art print reproductions of it available on my Etsy store.

Bahia Honda Painting Progress

Historical Mural Restoration at Bank of America in Georgetown, DC

Historical Mural Restoration

Last night I completed a historical mural restoration at the Bank of America branch located on Wisconsin Avenue, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC.

In speaking with the branch manager and another employee there, I found out that this mural is at least 100 years old! However, no one there seemed to know the exact date of it, or who painted it. I couldn’t find an artist signature anywhere on the mural.

The mural is located along a wall behind where the tellers are located. It looks like a nautical scene along the Potomac River. A few years ago, the bank was going to replace the mural with some standard advertising of bank products, but so many long-time customers complained to the bank about keeping the mural rather than replace it with advertising, and the bank actually listened! Hooray for that.

The restoration work involved applying more spackle to the patch of wall that had been repaired, in order to bring the repaired area level with the mural surface. From there, I was able to paint over the spackle and very closely match the original mural painting.

Here are before and after photos:

Before:

Historical Mural Restoration at Bank of America in Georgetown, Washington DC - Before Photo
Wall Repair Area on Historical Mural at Bank of America Branch in Georgetown, Washington DC

After:

Historical Mural Restoration at Bank of America in Georgetown, Washington DC - After Photo
Mural Restoration at Bank of America Branch in Georgetown, Washington DC

And here is a photo of more of the original mural:

Historical Mural at Bank of America branch in Georgetown, Washington DC
Historical Mural at Bank of America Branch in Georgetown, Washington DC

I have to say, even though we had secure access to the bank, being in a bank after-hours is still a bit unnerving. I was accompanied by a guy from the commercial construction company (Meckley Services) that contracted this work out to me, so we got to hang out and tell stories the whole time, which made it more entertaining than it would have otherwise been!

Original Mediterranean Seascape Paintings

These original Mediterranean seascape paintings are dreamy seascapes with the rich turquoise and blue hues of the sea. One painting is from an actual seaside view on the Spanish island of Formentera, and the other painting is a boat docked at a colorful village, made from my imagination!

Formentera Seascape Original Painting

Painted on hand-stretched organic cotton canvas, which measures 20″ x 8″ x 1.25″.

Original Formentera Painting Mediterranean Seascape

Boat Docked at Colorful Mediterranean Village – Original Painting on Canvas

Painted on hand-stretched organic cotton canvas, which measures 10″ x 8″ x .75″

Original Painting Mediterranean Village and Boat

Both of these original paintings are available on my Etsy shop!

Prints of these paintings are available here:

Boat in Colorful Village – https://davewhiteartist.com/product/mediterranean-seascape-colorful-village-art/

Formentera Seascape – https://davewhiteartist.com/product/mediterranean-sea-painting-print-formentera/

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