Saturday, July 07, 2012

Waiting for The Muse

"Joan 'n Tom" 6x8 Watercolor
I read a fabulous book called "My Name is Asher Lev" and was transfixed by both the excellent writing (Chaim Potok) and by the depth of the book which is the story of a young boy who is unable to suppress his innate 'gift' to draw in spite of his father's belief that he is wasting his time and that his "gift" quite possibly could come not from The Master of the Universe, but from the devil. It was a great story on many levels and it prompted me to want to do some pen and ink watercolors. This scene from MacMillan wharf in Provincetown is as familiar to me as my own hand. The boat on the left is named Joan and Tom. It's been there for as long as I can remember. I'm a bit rusty so I'll go back to the drawing board as the expression goes. 
Thanks for all your encouraging comments and support. I'm enjoying summer and thinking about what I should paint next. No pressure.

17 comments:

Susan said...

Love this Mary.

Paula Villanova said...

I read "The Gift of Asher Lev" a long while ago and I absolutely LOVED it. Perhaps I'll read "My Name is Asher Lev..."

Paz said...

I love the colors in here. Keep enjoying your summer!

CrimsonLeaves said...

Wow Mary! I love your watercolor work even more than your oils. This is beautiful and the colors exquisite.

I had to read that back way back in high school (as well as another Potok book, though the title momentarily escapes me). I couldn't have told you a bit of the story but your words make me want to re-read the book. I am going to do just that!

Douglas Clark said...

Summer is a great time to read and create art. I am a teacher and I love this time of year for just those reasons. I really like your pen and ink. The line quality is very nice and the colors are so vibrant. I hope you will do some more of these.

Studio at the Farm said...

Gypsy Woman, your ink & watercolor is fabulous! The colors are so wonderfully bright and vivid - love it!!

Barbara Muir said...

I sure wouldn't call this rusty. Amazing work. Love it.

XO Barbara

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Yeah, could I be that rusty? This is lovely!

My opinion is NOT to wait for the Muse, but just feed her. Feed her by visiting galleries, by reading, by walking on the beach, by smelling the fresh skin on the back of your nephew's necks after their baths, by listening to soul-rocking music, and by flipping through your favorite art books. It's not a race, and you're not behind. xo

Marie Theron said...

While reading and relaxing, painting the restful little boats cannot be wrong....just enjoy your summer!

Kristeena Crabb said...

This is really quite lovely. Very enchanting actually.

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

this is beautiful! makes me want to try pen and ink!

Helen Cooper said...

Beautiful ! Love all the rich colours!

Denise Rose said...

I love this Mary! I have been doing some pen and ink and watercolors too and they really are fun and help my drawing and sketching practice. Plus, easy to travel with! Thanks for sharing your beautiful painting!

Christine Stonebridge said...

I'm always captivated by your pen and watercolor creations! They have a dreamy charm and effortless flow about them. Love them! (And love you!) xoxo

Virginia Floyd said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I'm sitting here admiring the traces of different colors in the water, the reflections of the boats....just lovely!

Nora MacPhail said...

Wonderful colours. I have heard about that book many times, but I haven't read it. You've inspired me to put it on the top of my list.
Happy Painting.

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