Thursday, May 21, 2009

This Week's Featured Art Work - May 24, 2009

May 24, 2009

This week I'd like to say a few words about a really beautiful piece in the Still Point I show - Trees Full of Birds, a painting by Mary Brooking of Westbrook, Maine.

This painting of trees is simple, yet remarkably alluring. The colors are just right. The blues and grays are perfect with the hint of green in the trees and the tans of the earth below. The row of trees are silhouetted against a light blue sky. The impressionistic quality of the painting creates a sweet, soft, and peaceful scene.

In a way this might be just another lovely painting of trees set against a blue sky if it were not for the birds. At first you might not see the birds. But once you realize that the small black figures in the trees are birds, the painting takes on an entirely different quality. The birds somehow elevate this painting to something of greater interest and appeal. The birds capture your attention. You find yourself focusing on the birds. You begin to see the birds jump around in the trees, as birds do. You begin to hear the birds chirp and twitter. You might even begin to sense the experience of the outdoors. But everything is still, because Mary has caught a moment in time and brought it to stillness. Trees Full of Birds is a perfect piece for this show - Still Point I.

Trees Full of Birds is an acrylic painting, 18" by 24", available from Still Point Art Gallery for $500. Contact Christine Cote by email or by phone 207.837.5760.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
May 24, 2009

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