Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Grand Lagoon

Grand Lagoon, 12x16, Oil, SOLD 

I have stacks of paintings that were started in the field, and with a little coaching, can be "brought home". This painting was inspired on an October morning '08. All it required, to get back in the game was- the sinking of a barge. Then I launched this graceful sailboat to give it balance, and headed it in my direction, that hint of civilization in the distance.

~Life on the Water~
Sounds by night... sights by day.
In the stillness,
in mid-destination,
a barge rumbles.
The surface,
with moods evident,
poised to reflect the heavens.
Falling... rising again,
constantly... never the same.

These Canadian Geese stood there with their heads tucked for the longest time... Seemed like they were resting up after a long migration. Reminds me of  Spring Break when we arrived at the beach, weary of the journey, needing sleep but the cops wouldn't leave us alone because the sun wasn't up yet!


Marie Theron said...

A lovely painting with a lot of movement,mmm... the restless ocean! I love the photo of the heron, the water and your easel. What a lovely image, it does not show the artist in nature but his presence is suggested!

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

What I love about your blog is not only the paintings which are wonderful, but the photo's and the little stories attached.
Grand Lagoon is beautiful, love the brush work and colors.

Victor Errington said...

Hi Jill.
Brilliant painting and photos. I love to see other Artist`s at work. It`s great that you post the subject that you are painting as well. Keep them coming Jill.

BaysideLife said...

Jill your painting is wonderful. I love the sailboat gliding across the water. The photos are great, especially the geese with their heads all tucked into their wings. Makes you wonder where they've been. I so look forward to your posts.

Teresa said...

Such a gorgeous painting! It always amazes me how you manage to inject so much life and color into a very ordinary scene. I guess that's a quality of a true artist... to see what could be, rather than what is.

Jill Berry said...

All great comments this morning!

Bayside-(fellow water-side dweller). It is a beautiful area we share here!
I think that's a first- knowing someone looks forward to my post. I appreciate that.
Enjoyed seeing your great cruise pics...nothing like travel.

I feel a bit of the traveling spirit as I say thanks to...
Marie in S. Africa,
Joan in NY,
Vic in UK,
Teresa in NC

Welcome to my new art-friends!
Vada & Lindy... locals are cool too! Hope to see you Friday.

Jill Berry said...

Want to let you all in on...
the work of a friend & fellow painter- please check out Vada's new blog at

Luzia said...

Oh Jill, perfect reflections and beautiful colors! And I think the bird on the left side is a great fan of your paintings, too?! Greetings from Luzia.

Víctor Seguí said...

Really nice works and pics! Congratulations from Spain!


veredit said...

Dear Jil,

Fantastic picture! Through the light and the sailors, it has a profound vitality and zest for life. I'm excited.
I kiss you and you still wish you joy of creation.


Karen said...

Glad you sank the barge (though I was curious to see it up close)! Interesting how doing this can remind us to paint the painting, and not copy the scene.
I must remember that...

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Hi Jill! This is a beautiful painting (as always)I always love your work and respect you as an artist.Also like the way you make your posts so interesting :)

Gwen Bell said...

Another beauty! Great transparency and color in the water next to the shore. I can feel the breeze!

Ramona Davidson said...

Lovely, lovely work. Love your style, colors, and compositions. Good art!

Amalia said...

Hi Jill, I love your stile, your painting is really beautiful, I also like the photos, and the stories you tell, well see you.

Nina E Jørgensen said...

Wow this is absolutely stunning!!!!!