Ah, darlings, so good of you to come. I am so very glad you were able to attend my showing. Please help yourself to a glass of cheap wine located at the bar in the back of the gallery. There is also a platter of cheese circulating around here somewhere. I’ve even used the fancy toothpicks with the colored tape on them.
For my first piece, I decided to start with the lighthouse at Cape Lookout, NC. The North Carolina coast is also known as the graveyard of the Atlantic, and for good reason. The shifting sands of the outer banks have ruined many a ship, not to mention we enjoyed more than our fair share of piracy back in the day.
There are at least six coastal light stations you can climb along the shore, but the lighthouse at Cape Lookout is one of my favorites.
Here, I’ve tried to capture the importance, as well as the strength, in providing light to others.
For my next piece, I chose to focus on one of North Carolina’s many lakes. I decided to go in a more impressionistic brush, as there is nothing quite like the rainbow of colors that dance across the sky as the sun sets over still water.
The figure in silhouette coming from the pier walks with confidence, and yet takes up only a small portion of the composition. The figure has plenty of room for growth. A flag flies high but is limp. Like the figure, it too is proud but requires a strong wind or other unseen support to reach its full potential.
It is a piece about the beauty of age and the promise of the future.
Keeping with my theme of water, I have a piece entitled Two Boys and the Sea. The sea in this piece is detailed in tones of red and white rather than the traditional coastal color schemes. It challenges the viewer to reconsider preconceptions.
In it, one boy stands boldly, ready for the onset of the incoming wave, while the other runs away leaving footprints deep in the sand.
There is fear of the unknown in this piece, but there is also joy and acceptance. It all comes down to perspective.
This next take on the ocean highlights the ever-changing nature of the sea. Each slight variation of color has been highlighted in curvature.
The colors in this piece are faded as if this moment in time has already be relegated to nostalgia and memory.
A dog leaps into the waves while the other figures watch on.
This is a piece about noticing the small details and living in the moment as it reinforces how fleeting those moments can be.
Finally, for my last piece, I broke away from the themes of water and the great outdoors.
The dog is alert as shown by the open eye and perked ear, although the sprawled position on the floor would suggest she might not be for long. The rainbow hues and frantic brush strokes suggest she has been revitalized by her recent journey, yet at the same time, the subject is clearly exhausted from the travel.
This is a piece that reinforces the refrain (for at least one weary traveler): be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.
About the Artist
While I do appreciate the nuances of composition, color selection, brush thickness, and stroke in art, I am in no way, shape, or form, a professional painter, photographer, or art critic.
I simply just wanted to share some of my recent photos and had way too much fun with a new phone app.
I hope you enjoyed your free virtual cheese and wine and thank you for your continued patronage.