It was a trick question. I was – no-where. The lighthouse is a real place, in my mind. I did a series of lighthouses, inspired by Janes Cleland’s book, Silent Auction. I love lighthouses. For those of us who pass them by, they occupy that space at the intersection between beautiful, mysterious, and practical. So where was this light house? Nowhere. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll post the one that was described in the book. Read the book.
Where was I when I painted the lighthouse? It’s a legitimate question, right? After all, I paint landscapes. I always know where I am. Right? The clue is in the book Silent Auction by Jane Cleland. It’s available for the Kindle, so you can have the answer by tonight.
I love Edwin Dickinson’s landscapes. He ‘s categorized as an Early American modernist (with Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Cole, and others). …. their painting styles were different, but they were joined by a mental attitude towards their work… Each had a unique personal interpretation of the landscape… and believed in the value of direct observation from nature… feeling and method are intimately linked in their paintings.
Adapted from Mary Ellen Abell, Subjectivist Tendencies in Early Modernist American Art: The Case of Edwin Walter Dickinson
Born: Seneca Falls, New York 1891
Died: Orleans, Massachusetts 1978
I am working on a series of watercolor sketches of New England lighthouses. Some of them will be shown in Sea View Gallery in Rocky Point, New Hampshire. I hope to see you at the opening. But there is a catch…
Rocky Point and the Sea View Gallery only exist in an upcoming book by Mystery writer Jane Cleland. The book will be released in 2010. In the meantime, Jane’s latest book is Killer Keepsakes. Check it out at Jane Cleland’s website.
As for the lighthouses in my New England watercolor series (like Nantoqua Point, ME in my previous post), they are fictional places. But the sketches are real and will be available soon. FYI: Only the watercolor’s in this series are fictional. All my other lighthouse watercolors are real places (e.g, Gurnsey Harbor Lighthouse)
In the meantime, Jane’s latest book, Killer Keepsakes, is due out in April 2009. Check it out at Jane Cleland’s website.