"Turn Left a Thousand Feet From Here" - oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 24" x 36" x 1.5". Ready to hang. Available here and at Artfinder.
The sea continues to call me. As do these ethereal seascapes. This one, my largest oil painting yet, took me on a wild ride for a couple of weeks. But I landed safely on the sand. :)
Choosing a title for this painting was trouble - and that's not usually a problem for me. But sometimes paintings have a strong, independent energy and demand a specific name. I finally stumbled across it in a Daniel Ladinsky translation of a Hafiz poem:
What I really want to give you
Yet all day long
I try painting maps on the sky
With bright, tender sounds
"Turn left a thousand feet from here,
Just past that next hill..."
The poem continues, but this bit made me smile. Isn't the universe like that? Painting maps on the sky while trying to nudge us in one direction or another. We can't always understand those bright, tender sounds but we stand and listen and stare and appreciate. I suppose it wouldn't be as much fun if messages came to us in clear, concise billboards. But it might be nice if the sky map were a little less challenging to decipher now and again.
3/20/2019 07:27:17 pm
Those brilliant flashes of blue! The rush and tumble of water! The maps painted on the sky!
3/20/2019 07:54:39 pm
oooh Dotty! This piece! It gave me such a fight. But in the end it knew best, and I was foolish to contradict it in any way. ha ha!
3/21/2019 12:04:14 pm
Turning left into the light! Great movement and colors,muted browns and grays! I do hope you have noticed two creatures lurking in the hills!
3/21/2019 06:35:29 pm
Carol! I have not noticed the creatures! Now I am running up to the studio to examine it more closely.....
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