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The Blue Angels certainly lived out their motto “Ambassadors of Goodwill” during 2020. Their “American Strong” salute honored healthcare workers, first responders, essential personnel, etc. They flew over hard hit states like Arkansas, California, Florida, New York, Tennessee and more.
The team is station at Fort Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida during air show season. Their mission is bring aviation to men, women and children across America. For 74 years they have mesmerized over more than 450 million spectators.
I too have been mesmerized by the Blue Angels. Although I've been to many air shows, I was spellbound by the sight and sounds of the Blue Angels performing on their home turf.
My experience of watching the Blue Angles influenced my lighthouse painting. The drips of paint and splashes of color allude to their magical yet patriotic and majestic performance.
Established in 1856 in the New Dorp (taken from the Dutch Nieuwe Dorp for "new village") section of Staten Island, the lighthouse stands guard on a hill.
New Dorp Lighthouse was part of a system of three sets of lights. It was a family station located two miles from the shore. In 1997 it was named a New York Landmark as a unique vernacular building with unusual design and outstanding architectural character. (Jeremy D'Entremont, the Lighthouse Handbook, Hudson River and New York Harbor.)
It is a New York Landmark that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Yet the average onlooker wouldn't see much significance to this lighthouse. Shrouded in the woods and mystery it is somewhat difficult to see at all. My son and I overcame many obstacles to paint this lighthouse and were rewarded with a vista of shadows and sunlight and an awe inspiring view of the lighthouse.