Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Children, apologies, and Playmates, painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Playmates, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 40"x48"

Don't these palms look like they are having such a good time together? They have probably know each other since birth, and by now they've probably been through a lot together.

They remind me of my old neighborhood on "the point." As a child kids of all ages would get together outside and play all summer long. In my neighborhood, the older kids would look out for the younger, and in every game there's be a place for everyone, with teams picked to make it "fair." The best two players were never on the same team, same for the youngest two.

This group of palms brings back fond memories of that time. Playing in a neighborhood group without the benefit of overseeing grownups teaches you a lot. If you want to have any fun, you have to learn to get along. You're not always the best-loved daughter, (I was only best-loved daughter until my little sister came along anyway) so you'd better work on skills for getting along with others.

You learn that nobody likes a sissy, or a cry-baby. You learn quickly that you'd better hold on really tight to the spin-around or you'd fall off, that you were a "chicken" if you didn't go up the top of the slide, and that if you put your fingers under the see-saw you'd end up going home crying.

You also learn that if you make a mistake, you'd better learn to apologize. I"m still working on some of those skills, and oh, that's hard! I had to apologize a couple of times this month. I hope my apologies were accepted, because after careful consideration, they came from the heart.

Playmates is a painting that's been rolled up for a while, and just stretched back out and finished. It makes me happy, how about you?


Bridget Hunter said...

Its such an interesting title and as such I think it adds to the overall appeal of the painting. They do appear as a close group due to your clever composition.

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

Thanks, Bridget. To me the palms I paint are often reminiscent of human traits. May be silly, but this name just seemed to suit!

Bonnie Luria said...

More than a few trees have very human like limbs, maybe why they're called limbs.
I like the cooperative, happy tension between them and the halo of light from behind them. I had to read it again to verify that this was a large one Jo-Ann. Larger than most of your previous pieces.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

A fitting analogy. I too, have had to apologize recently and I am glad that I can do that. I think you're pretty self aware and your work is beautiful.
I've been thinking about you and Bob and sending love.

Karen said...

Yes, the palms look very connected to each other...Lovely Painting

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

I hadn't thought of the limbs. Interesting, are they the fronds on the palms? Yes, this one is larger. I do a few larger pieces each year usually in the summer when it's a little quieter here.

Mary - ah, it has to be done sometimes, doesn't it! We need the extra love this week, so it's much appreciated!

Karen, thank you!

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