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

7/2/12

Vinlhaven Pines, and a sad story

Vinalhaven Pines, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on archival board, 8" x 10"

Vinalhaven Pines 2, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on archival board, 8" x 10"

These pines come out of another period of my life, when Vinalhaven, Maine was just a ferry ride away, and sitting on the rocky shingle by the crashing waves, collecting pinecones on the shore, and searching for bits of sea glass was a part of my children's childhood. 

My daughter would like a larger painting of the pines, so thought I would practice up a bit and try out some ideas.  The light is strangely Floridian, but I'm pleased with the results, and these two paintings will be part of an exhibition, Mainely Marco, at Harmon's and Barton's Gallery on Congress Street in Portland, Maine.  There'll be a reception for the First Friday Artwalk on August 3 and I intend to be there. 

The previously scheduled wordless paintings of the last month deserve some explanation, but there is none to give, except that the marsh paintings painted and named themselves in spare moments of time, as my dear love slipped slowly away to an unknown place.   He was a good and wonderful husband who brought joy into my life.  May he rest in peace.

2 comments:

Dottie Leatherwood said...

So terribly sorry for your loss Jo-Ann!! I often find that painting helps me make sense of loss and sadness as well as joy. I hope the same for you. Take care.

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

You are right, Dottie. Somehow when you can lose yourself in the paint things begin to sort themselves out. Thank you.

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