At second glance, Robert Vickrey's paintings become paintin

At second glance, Robert Vickrey's paintings become paintings, unmistakably, rather than photographs. The camera has ngs, unmistakably, rather than photographs. The camera has not been invented that can catch an image with such startlingot been invented that can catch an image with such startling clarity and depth. With the third glance comes the realiza clarity and depth. With the third glance comes the realization that the key to such ultra-realism is not precision or tion that the key to such ultra-realism is not precision or minute detail, but the omission of anything superfluous.

Hminute detail, but the omission of anything superfluous.

His craftsmanship has taken Vickrey to the tip echelons of ilis craftsmanship has taken Vickrey to the tip echelons of illustration -- Time magazine covers to Audubon awards -- and lustration -- Time magazine covers to Audubon awards -- and Vickrey has carried his technique over from assigned subjectVickrey has carried his technique over from assigned subjects into subjects of his choice.

The small show of Vickrey'ss into subjects of his choice.

The samll show of Vickrey's temperas at the Mickelson Gallery reflects Vickrey's person temperas at the Mickelson Gallery reflects Vickrey's personal interests. In half of the paintings there's a boy, or a al interests. In half of the paintings there's a boy, or a kitten; His home on Cape Cod revolves around his four sons akitten; His home on Cape Cod revolves around his four sons and their friends and constant kittens. Other favorite subjend their friends and constant kittens. Other favorite subjects are nuns with startling illusions of motion, sculpture octs are nuns with startling illusions of motion, sculpture on the verge of unveiling, and clowns.

Vickrey's show runs n the verge of unveiling, and clowns.

Vickrey's show runs through November 27 at 707 G Street NW. through November 27 at 707 G Street NW.