Have you wondered how someplace, street or building got its’ name. Well, I pondered upon that question regarding Beavertail State Park located in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Dan and I thought what a strange name-probably not to a beaver-and now we know the source of the name. Simple answer-the shape.
“June Day” at Beavertail State Park” was inspired by the gorgeous day, flowers, waves, light and shapes of the beautiful, flat tumbled rocks. Dan and I frequently go on drives to discover paintings waiting to happen, and we were prepared for that-camera, sketch pad, and “stuff” for “plein air painting”, and a book and magazines for my pleasure in the car. And of course, napping time-Dan can be gone for a very long time, and a fully charged phone is important so I can call him and ask “Are you done yet.” Sometimes that is the wrong thing to say to an artist-can make them cranky, actually very cranky!
So on this June day we headed to Rhode Island; just letting the day dictate where we were heading-we ended up at Beavertail Park, and Dan discovered a new place to paint.
If you check out Beavertail Park on a map, you can see the shape of the beaver tail on the southern most rocky, windswept tip of Conanicut Island, which is the actual location of the park. This park encompasses 153 acres of beautiful trails and vistas-awesome place for picnics, painting, reading, sight-seeing or just hanging out. The point of Conanicut Island separates the East and West passages of Narragansett Bay-the land and sea meet here and have a power struggle. Dan wanted to capture that confrontation and the beauty of the area on canvas.
You can actually picture yourself sitting on a huge rock, listening to the crashing waves, sounds of the gulls, and watching the sailboats, way off in the distance. A perfect day of peaceful contemplation-
Discovering this place on this gorgeous June day was the start of a creative process that brought joy to the artist and ultimately to the canvas. Gazing on this painting conjures up the memories of this June day, and perhaps does the same thing for another viewer. Art, many times, transports the viewer to a memory lost in time.
It will be fun and interesting to see what makes other artists joyful, in this art exhibit.
“Joyful”-Open Show at Essex Art Association, 10 North Main St, Essex, CT 06426
Open Daily 1-5, Except Tuesdays
Exhibit runs from June 29th to July 20th
Hope you can attend for a Joyful Time!
Essex Art Association, Essex, CT
Wishing you a good one…
Dan (the artist) and Nancy (the blogger)