Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Work - Binoculars #176.

Binoculars #176 / View from Eastern Point - Summer Sailing Lessons.
7 1/2" x 60" . Oil on mdo board. 2013. Copyright.
 Available at Susan Powell Fine Art
Detail from: Binoculars #176 /2013.
Yesterday kicked off the first day of Spring here in New England
and already I am longing for the lovely warm and long days of Summer!
One of my favourite things to see along the Connecticut shoreline
during the Summer is the classic sight of 'Sailing Lessons'!
I love watching the first time sailors, who are often young,
 test out their newly learned knowledge and skills by
prepping their designated boats, putting on their life-jackets 
and then launching their boat into ideal waters with the
aid of their sailing instructor and having ideal winds 
as they tack back and forth across the water.
Observing from a distance you can just sense the exhilaration
and excitement as they dance in and out of each others wakes.
What also excited me about this piece was the
opportunity to put some colour theory into play;
a warm blue verses a cool blue which can be seen
in the spinnaker sail and surrounding sky and water.
One other thing that garnered my attention to this scene was the
light / shadow play between the spinnaker's shadow and the sunlit sail.
So, as the young sailors test their sailing skills in this piece
I am also testing my artistic skills at colour theory.
Please stayed tuned for more what's new from the studio!
Cheers, ~ Polly ~

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