I didn’t expect to be in the Deer Isle Artists Association latest exhibit, Engagement of Poetry, but someone dropped out. So when asked if I’d participate, of course I said yes.
Since I’ve had such a busy summer, I only had time to submit three watercolors. I ended up with three very different ones.
Engagement of Poetry
The first, Brooksville Morning, came about because I go to the Brooksville Farmers Market every Tuesday to sell prints, cards and original artwork. I drive past this farm to get there, and I love how it looks in the fog. (There’s been a lot of fog this summer.)
We had to come up with statements about what inspired our work for the Exhibit of Poetry show. Here’s what I wrote for Brooksville Morning:
Fog reveals the loveliness of the earth on a summer morning.
The second painting, Dories, came about because I love these old boats. They’re tied up on a rocky little beach in Stonington.
Back in the day, farmers built dories like this in summer and used them to fish for lobster in the summer. Today, their owner uses them to seine for bait.
Here’s what I wrote for Engagement of Poetry:
The wisdom of old boats, the enchantment of the sea.
That ‘enchantment’ business may sound sappy, but it’s true. Stonington has for a long time had some of the best sailors and fishermen in the world, and it isn’t because they hate the sea.
Finally, here’s an image that started out as a sketch for another painting. I made it up; it has part Stonington, part Cape Rosier in Brooksville and part Eggemoggin Reach in Deer Isle.
Above the limpid sea, clouds are never still.