Ode to the Shallows

TM8921 Ode to the Shallows 34x40 oil on panel

TM8921 Ode to the Shallows 34×40 oil on panel

Ode to the Shallows was begun late last summer, then put aside to dry….and dry…..and dry. By the time the base layer was dry and ready for more painting, fall was in full throttle and I was in love with red, not the blue/greens of summer. But an unusually warm January has put the joys of June back into focus, and I’ve finally been able to remember the feelings of an early summer day at my pond. This view, based on the shallow end of the pond, is a study in warmth and shade as well as luxuriant growth. It’s also about anticipation – the bud is about to open, the grasses are moving in a gentle breeze, the puffy white ¬†clouds are dancing their way across a bright blue sky…..maybe it’s idealized a bit. But isn’t that a part of what art is for – concentrating the memories so that we can remember them longer, being able to recall the feelings when we really need them. Details below. Enjoy.

TM8921 Ode to the Shallows - detail from center with reflections, grasses, and floating pine needles

TM8921 Ode to the Shallows – detail from center with reflections, grasses, and floating pine needles

TM8921 Ode to the Shallows - close-up of water lily

TM8921 Ode to the Shallows – close-up of water lily