Monday, May 3, 2010
A compilation of my photos taken at Pensacola Beach was the inspiration for this sizable canvas. Hopefully it will be this painting's day to shine. It's been setting here on the piano for a year. I finally decided it was time to sign it and let it meet some other paintings at the gallery show. By Wednesday we'll know if it got rejected.
We have had a "sun-drought" for 3 days... it's been windy, rainy and various combinations of the two. Stepping out to photograph this- you can hear the roar of the sea... under the uncharacteristic blank sky, and the birds seem to detect a threat... a bit frantic as if a hurricane was on the horizon. The thought of oil gushing out onto our sea and shoreline, grieves me. Some are scooping up souvenirs as if they will never see our trademark white sand again.
Carlson, who "wrote the book" on landscape painting, makes a convincing argument about his Theory of Angles. I understand the principle- "the sky, the source of light, must be the lightest mass or value in a landscape." Then he adds, "Snow, however, is an exception." Around here, we could add another exception, as our sands are more brilliant than our blue skies.