Copyright 2009 Jan Blencowe
Media: acrylic on panel
Size: 14 in X 11 in (35.6 cm X 27.9 cm)
Stlye: Plein air tonalism, impressionism
Price: $425 USD
How to Purchase: send me an email
About This Painting: We have had such rainy weather here in CT, for weeks and weeks. In fact the last full week of sunshine was back in APRIL! Good grief! The summer solstice is usually such a beautiful day, and one that has been important to many peoples and cultures throughout history. I woke up very early, after just a few hours sleep and found that the sun was rising and that there was actually some blue sky, though rain was predicted for the day. I left the house at 6:10am and headed down to the Oyster River. The sunrise was lovely, like a poem, the sky color rosey and glowing, the water still and the trees fresh and verdant. Except for the hordes of horrible biting gnats it would have been perfect LOL
The simplified shapes, soft, diffused light and suggested textures capture the mood of the morning, gentle, with a breathless movement towards day. I went and did some sketching after the painting, (I'll post those tomorrow) but by 3pm it was pouring rain again.
Tonight as I post this the frogs are serenading me with a weird chorus of trills, croaks and some other sounds that are just plain indescribable. The bats are zig-zag-zooming across the yard and the clouds are drifting slowly in the sky. Summer begins.
You can enjoy the frog chorus and catch the last moments of light of the 2009 summer solstice in my little video: