Monday, May 18, 2020

"A Gull's Eye View"

16 x 8"
oil on panel

So..... I have a lot to catch up on here.  I hope you're doing well.

I was to have a solo show open on July 3rd at Robert Lange Studios and it very well may be a virtual show with other artists.  Who knows?  In any event, I've been working on pieces every day, with the newest painting to show you today.

The spectacular painting the woman is viewing is Island Funeral by the great N. C. Wyeth.  Many people who see originals by N. C. Wyeth for the first time are surprised by the size of the works - like Norman Rockwell, the majority were illustrations for books or magazines.  Island Funeral is jaw-dropping in person.  The deep, rich blues and greens were a result of Wyeth's collaboration with the DuPont Company, (based in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and home of the Wyeths.)  DuPont developed the vibrant blue and green dyes that have proven to last nearly 100 years.

There's an interesting story behind the painting.  In the fall of 1935, the Wyeth family watched from the porch of their summer home in Port Clyde, Maine, the flotilla of boats passing by on their way to Teel Island for the funeral of Rufus W. Teel.  Teel was a legendary lobsterman, born and lived his whole long life of 97 years on the island.

Wyeth organized his first solo gallery show around Island Funeral - hoping to dispel the notion he was just an illustrator.  His unique composition and perspective, hovering above the activity like a sea gull, and his colors demonstrated he was indeed an artist.

Please click here for a larger view.

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