Thursday, June 17, 2010
An Island in the Night......
I have--with a few brief exceptions--always lived out here. If I can't step outside at night and look up at a deep blue sky, with stars sparkling like diamonds, and take a leak out by my mailbox, I feel cloistered. I need the feeling of being closer to the natural world and further from the world of freeways, malls and orange-ish street-lights that make the sky look dimmer and the whole neighborhood glow in an unearthly way.
As anybody who lives in the country can tell you, the hub of the community is often a small, family-owned and run store, yes, just like the one pictured above. As we were driving past the Northeast Bay Market, in Penobscot, Maine, I glimpsed this scene and my foot automatically went for the brakes. I backed-up--without a problem due to the fact that there was not another car anywhere to be seen--and parked, then took a series of pictures with my wee pocket camera. And, on returning home, I couldn't wait to set the image to paint.
For me, this night-time scene is the quintessence of country living. The store is an island of light in an otherwise inky dark night and one person who saw the painting commented that they felt sure there was a smile and a 'howdy' waiting for anybody who walked in. And, I have no doubt they are right.
BTW: The plain white circle on the blue light over the pumps is actually what was there. I didn't genericize it, or change it at all. I almost titled the painting: "Full Moon Over Island", but I resisted.