©2015 Joy Makon. Not to be reproduced without permission.

Where the Bay Meets the Sky

A picture-perfect scene from Maine triggered by memories

Art is a reaction to something that affects the artist and this painting surely came about that way. I will come to look at this painting differently over time, but for now it holds a certain place in my memory. This watercolor of a beautifully-framed view from the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point was started as a work-in-progress demo for last weekend’s Open Studio. Displayed on an easel, the piece was a nice way to engage visitors in my artwork and show a bit about how I work.

©2015 Joy Makon. Not to be reproduced without permission.

I received many comments about how hard watercolor is to work with. What’s difficult—for me—is to get the emotions into the painting.

After the very busy weekend that included 180 visitors (not including pets and babies) I was distracted and unfocused and needed time to regroup. When I finally returned to the studio to paint, I was excited by the beauty of the Maine coast that makes up this image. I recalled sitting in the sun by the water’s edge with people I cared about, a lucky and fortunate time with few cares in the world. And then the intrusion of violence and sadness and—as if it happened yesterday—9/11 thoughts once again, became the reality of the world. It translated into every brushstroke I made and I needed to put the painting away for a time.

What did each of us do to cope with these awful events and feelings? Turn off the TV, talk to people, minimize the internet, globally connect through Facebook, listen to music, and especially for me, look at art. I spent Sunday at galleries and shows and took in traditional, representational work: nothing complicated, nothing cutting-edge, but lots of Wyeths, Hoppers, a Homer, a Sargent or two. These are the subjects I’m familiar with and learn from and take home deep inside me. Returning to the studio, I finished Where the Bay Meets the Sky and while it’s not perfect, it’s done.

November 2015
Watercolor
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21.5″ x 14.25″

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This entry was published on November 16, 2015 at 10:16 am. It’s filed under Fall, Home, landscape, seascape, watercolor and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Where the Bay Meets the Sky

  1. Joy
    To hear from you the inner aspects of your focus on art despite the world around you; coping with the reality of world around you was an interesting read….thanks

  2. Love seeing the painting, and love reading your essay.

  3. Lovely painting, fitting title. Nature and art are great healers.

  4. Sharman on said:

    Looking at this peaceful scene puts my soul at ease.

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