“Splashdown” came to life on a 16" x 20" (40.64 x 50.80 cm) canvas as a result of a weekend outing.
Painting it gave me a sense of joy seeing all the bright colors dancing in a beautiful cloudless summer sky. The multitude of hues were even more brilliant than normal. Each color was hundreds of shades and were iridescent as the sun shone on each of them.
The families were relaxing on quilts and blankets; some were standing, making new friends or renewing memories with a distant relative. As I painted, I could almost hear them laughing and talking on this special occasion. The children were running and playing, pointing at the balloons and anxiously enjoying every second. While they ate their picnic lunches, one balloon got too close to the water and touched down as the basket began to break apart and overrun with water. The gasps and horror of the spectators filled the air. They ran to the rescue, but suddenly realized the river was shallow. The passengers had abandoned ship and were wading to shore and the distraction was soon forgotten.
Once “Splashdown” was completed, I was soliciting by a children's hospital for their annual fundraiser.
I immediately thought of “Splashdown” and remembered how it made me feel as I painted it, and subsequently each time I looked at it. I thought of the comments people made when they saw it. This had to be the purpose of “Splashdown”, to bring a little joy into the lives of children and their parents as they were struggling through a horrendous time in their lives. This oil painting on canvas was donated to The Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Dallas, Texas.