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


J'accuse! Quite a Storm painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Quite a Storm, JoAnn Sanborn, 2010
Acrylic on Canvas, "24x30"

A women came into my studio recently and spent some time looking at the paintings.  "I've been looking at your work a long time," she told me, "I think you're getting repetitive."

Oh, the horror!  While nearly ill with inner turmoil, I thanked her for her interest in my work.  I told her that I painted almost every day and that I've been painting the Everglades landscape for seventeen years.  There's not much out there besides water, sky, and palms.  It's the shapes and their relationship to the sky and the changing light that interests me. 

Yes, I told her, I occasionally revisit a spot.  Still, each time there's a a fresh approach as I address my canvas.  The light is different, or a view from a different angle to explore.  Some palms clumps were old favorites, and I loved visiting to see how they were growing or had changed, or perhaps some little ones had come along. 

I suggested that my compositions had improved, that my color palette had changed, and that my brushwork was maturing.  She agreed this was true.  I was glad for the discussion, because we each learned from it. 

We went on to discuss how some artists have always painted in series, like Monet's haystack or lily pond series, (forgive the comparison, please!) and that I've done different subjects in my past and might again. 

Yes, it's all Everglades.  But for now each time I face the landscape and begin to paint it still feels new and exciting and challenging. When that ends, it's time to move on. 


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Ok. But I think some stuff needs to be kept to oneself. How is that constructive if your subject is something like the Everglades?
If Monet wasn't repetitive, I don't know who was.
I love your work and see all the subtleties in it as well as the growth and am looking forward to some trips to the 'Glades' with you this season.

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

Thanks, Mary. I appreciate the support. Can't wait to paint out with you. Marsh Trail has installed telescopes, but the bugs were awful.

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