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    Photo of a painting by my son done when he was a junior in high school - inspired by the wildfires we had on Eastern Long Island in 1995. Hangs above our fireplace.

    1. Catmanjoe 22 months ago | reply

      Very nice capture! Very intriguing painting, especially timely in light of the epic, horrific, monster fire in Colorado!

    2. SweetMeow 22 months ago | reply

      This photo is a painting which my son did in 1995 when he was a junior in high school - done not with a brush but a "putty knife" kind of thing that is used for painting. (It was a class assignment and he was supposed to use that). It was inspired by the wild fires we had here on Eastern Long Island that previous summer. He had been returning from a golf match with a group of boys on the day the wildfire began and got rather close to the fire (close enough so that the smoke they saw in the air was red). They were then diverted to a different road because the road they were going on was closed. He never saw the fires this close, of course. This is out of his imagination.

      These wildfires were not as awful as the ones in Colorado. I don't think there was too much loss of property (though there were some evacuations) and it was finally put out in about a week, if I remember correctly. However, much of the Pine Barrens were destroyed, and during the worst of the fires, 2 of the 3 main roads to get off of Long Island were closed.

    3. shesnuckinfuts 22 months ago | reply

      Wow! What a talented young man! Does he still paint?

    4. SweetMeow 22 months ago | reply

      He really doesn't anymore. He's a graphic designer for a high end real estate firm. So - he's behind a computer screen being creative that way. He hasn't painted in an eons - maybe since college. I wish he would.

      This was an class assignment - had to use what I saw to be like a putty knife to do the painting - no brushes allowed, which gives it that choppy look. We framed this painting for ourselves and "purchased it" by giving him some money towards a senior art department trip to Spain and not sure where else.

      When he was doing more fine art, I saw his real talent to be simple pencil sketches. He had a knack for detail and shading.

      Also -- my son is the one who was inspirational in getting me started in photography.

    5. Fancy Horse 22 months ago | reply

      A scary time to remember, but it makes a beautiful painting! Your son sounds like mine. He's always loved to draw, and he became an architect.

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