Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ADRIFT



Adrift is this week's challenge at Illustration Friday. I'm several days late but I suddenly realized this piece, fairly recent too, would fit the bill. I painted this in September on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. The sun had just set but the afterglow lit the harbor with an eerie cool glow. Rusty Spear's boat drifted, loosely tethered, on the glassy water. I stood there, up to my ankles in beach scum and painted as fast as I could. A local walked by and asked me if I wanted a beer but I declined, too caught up in my painting (and also, truth be told, too shy.)

This was one of the few pieces that needed no re-working later. It is rough, but it expressed how I felt, standing there at dusk at the edge of the world.

Gathering Dusk, oil on canvas on wood, 11 x 14 inches, 2009

14 comments:

mcverhoog said...

Love your painting. Great atmosphere!

michele said...

How wonderful that you were able to capture a moment in time so beautifully! Great job!

le capitaine said...

thank you for you comment!
and i like your painting it reflects peace and calm
soo good technique!

k.h.whitaker said...

lovely painting

Devika said...

Yes, lovely piece of work, Nancy :)

wishes,
devika

INDIGENE said...

Oh my, it is absolutely lovely! It captures that area so well! Bravo, dear one!

Studio Zuga said...

i like the simple blocked in shapes it adds to the mood of the painting. and you captured dusk wonderfully. i was going to say early dawn, the point just before the sun pops over the horizon and morning breaks, when i 1st saw it. also like that its different then your usual style.

Lucretia said...

Painting outside can be such a challenge with so much going on at once and so quickly. In this painting you really have caught a moment and a feeling. Beautiful. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I have enjoyed visiting yours.

Nikkie said...

I love your painting too! You captured the mood quite well in such a short amount of time!

Eric Barclay said...

Excellent!

Diane said...

beautiful!

Susan Rundle-Hughes said...

Your painting is gorgeous. All of your paintings are lovely, I've just browsed your blog, and I love the softness of the colours :)

Dayle's Painted Diary-Dayle Dodwell said...

Lovely painting has a wonderful feel and mood.

wsmith11 said...

I love the painterly texture. Very well done!