Space Window - by
12" x 48", oil on fiberboard
A few weeks before I moved from Winnetka, Illinois to California, in 1977,
a great friend and neighbor gave me this wonderful painting as a remembrance
of our friendship and the good times we enjoyed together. He told me then
that he had never given or sold any of his paintings, and that was a measure
of how much it meant to him.
This painting has hung in a prominent place in every home I've lived in over the
years, so I get to appreciate his work several times each day, and I
am reminded of what a great spirit he has.
Jerry passed away on April 21, 2004. And he will be greatly missed.
The Spirit of Adventure
by John Dormer
I knew early on that I would not be flying forever,
and I wanted something that would be portable, personal, and hopefully outlast me,
so that I could simply look in its direction and
it would bring back the thousands of memories of the
wonderful adventures I've had in this amazing biplane.
I have been wanting to take a photo, or scan, this painting
for as long as I've had this website (many years),
and have always wanted the result to be first class,
so I hesitated to just walk up to it and take a simple photo.
But that's what I finally did! And it turned out just fine.
The painting was intended to capture the moments
of carefree flying along the beach in Del Mar, just before sunset,
in front of my home, a flight I have taken hundreds of times.
On this flight I discovered what has become known as
"The Mikie Mooneuver"
in which a skilled and playful aviator can create
3 sunsets, 2 sunrises, 3 moon rises and 2 moon sets
(and in that order)
within 30 minutes.
TeleMagic adventure, as we were preparing for Version 12,
I wanted our packaging to be something special,
and we had a few available dollars to commission this original art.
The advertising agency du jour handled the details, and this is what we got. I like it a lot.
I told them I wanted to have something that would give the look and feel
of running at high speed down Torrey Pines Hill in a race car,
and crossing the flats and up the hill into Del Mar
(the birthplace of TeleMagic software).
It is a run I have made thousands of times, at speed, in both directions of course.
It is a great and wonderful thing.
Truly a highlight of what industrialized Man can do to turn money into noise!
And Great Memories.
After all these years, I still can't say it any better.
Anne LeBris is an artist and a flyer and a good friend.
She created this for my birthday in '96,
right after I got back from my coast to coast USA solo barnstorming adventure.
Anne knows I love the graceful flight of pelicans,
and I am intrigued by the drawings of Escher, and of course I love my biplane.
Put them all together and you have a gift that I will treasure forever. Thanks Anne!
The concept of human beings with wings fascinates me.
It seems to be on our path of evolution.
Shari was a companion who shared my love of flying,
and she made this sketch as a gift, to feed some of my fantasies...
More art stuff coming soon...