The Poem in the Wave

 

TM9015 The Poem in the Wave 40×50 oil on panel

The Poem in the Wave, a larger painting which I thought I had finished in 2017, began calling to me from the studio wall these last few weeks. I could see potential for more subtleties, perhaps a bit of semi-transparent roller work, and a chance to calm some areas in favor of accentuating the major wave action. It was worth trying. I think the newer version is more sophisticated. Details from the new painting below, along with the first version. Enjoy.

TM9015 THe Poem in the Wave – detail from right side

TM9015 THe Poem in the Wave – detail with cresting wave

And the first version….

TM9015 The Poem in the Wave 40×50 oil on panel

The Poem in the Wave

TM9015 The Poem in the Wave 40×50 oil on panel

Poems have a beautiful way of finding and expressing the telling detail, then placing it in a unique context. When I saw this wave the morning after a storm, I was struck by the roar and the weight – all that sand being lifted and dragged by a powerful force. At the same time, the water was almost dancing, as if with the sheer love of being able to push and carry so much terra firma. I knew I would have to paint it. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9015 The Poem in the Wave – detail of sand-laden wave

TM9015 The Poem in the Wave – detail from right side