Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer mode


Summer is characterized by long hours of light, the illusion of endless days and the allure of bodies of water in which to bathe – i.e. swim, keep cool. Moreover I have an allegiance to summer because I was born in June – I specifically requested  that birth date even before I knew my parents. 
I abide by simple pleasures and cultivate euphoric states, an inner dreaminess which I work at sustaining well into autumn. 
Heavenly summer – books to read, some of them gothic, Edith Wharton (yikes), a bicycle to ride – obviously one never grows up nor intends to.  If tomorrow for some reason I complain bitterly and you never know, I might – it will become apparent I’m not consistent.

The painting below was done early evening a few weeks ago on the outskirts of Dundas.


oil on gessoed panel 12"x16"

10 comments:

  1. Again, such a powerful picture!! I like it very much!!

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  2. Hi Marcia,

    I love this. I am not quite in summer mode, but have been busy with painting and I'm really ready. The summer moves into heat, and I move into "need a vacation" thinking.

    Please keep painting. I love your work.

    Love Barbara

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  3. Very exciting.

    The mysterious dark entry to the woods and the slash of an orange
    brush stroke in the foreground is a beautiful finishing touch. Dam, that's a long sentence.

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  4. Thank you Kim! - I think you are on an amazing roll with your plein air painting and daily painting too for that matter!!! Hope to see you in the fall.

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  5. Hi Kathrin, your comments keep me going! Many, many thanks!!!

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  6. Hi Barbara, I would say you are in production mode and I always admire you for that and I think that even when you go on vacation you will be in painting mode which I'm entirely in agreement with!
    love, Marcia

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  7. Doug, What I find exciting is your longish, descriptive prose and it could be even longer for my taste. Thank you dear friend for your lovely, expressive comments!!!

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  8. I really like this painting. there's a mystery in the abstract shapes and punchy brushwork.

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  9. Hi Sally! Thank you very much for your comment - a very lovely comment indeed! Thank you!

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