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snapRoll


The title of this painting has little to do with the image as it exist today. It was named for a goose...

One day, during the time I was working on the original analog version (the late 1970's), I was riding in a car traveling south along the eastern shore of Lake Washington (north of Renton, south of Bellevue, near Seattle in the USA's Pacific Northwest).

Flying parallel to the shoreline was a small flock of Canada geese.

Having grown up with planes taking off overhead for eighteen years, flying sailplanes since I was eleven, and parents who encouraged observation, I had developed an appreciation for all things which fly. I was stoked when one of the geese pulled-off a couple of snap rolls...

Wow! I thought that was extremely cool and figured these birds would be a great element to add to the current work-in-progress. I started referring to the painting as snapRoll, in honor of the very aerobatic goose.

The cave in the painting was influenced by two real-world places: the lava tube connecting the two beaches of Honopu and the cave to the beach at Ulu Watu.

The cobbles are based on those found at one of my favorite spots of the 1970's and 80's. The beach there is littered with the remains of hundreds (if not thousands) of grave markers and other "ruins" of civilization which were dumped off the cliff at the turn of the 20th century.

When I started working in the computer industry in the mid-eighties, my progress on the analog version stalled and it was never completed. Instead of a goose performing aerobatics, the current image contains the head of a raven.

The bird, the medium, and some of the imagery changed, the name remained the same.
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