“Pathways”-the Summer Open Juried Show at the Essex Art Association and “Summer Stroll by the Sea.”

"Summer Stroll by the Sea"

“Pathways”-the Summer Open Juried Show at the Essex Art Association in Essex, Connecticut is showcasing artists’ interpretation of a pathway. “Summer Stroll by the Sea” is an oil painting by Dan that was accepted into this show–there are two pathways in this painting or perhaps more. The woman walking the beach and making her path (perhaps homeward bound), and the sea making its’ path into the sand and back out to sea. Also, the clouds are billowing in the sky and creating their path and shapes in the atmosphere. One could go on and on thinking of what is a path. What pathway do you see in the painting?

“Summer Stroll by the Sea” happened by accident. Dan and I had to make a trip to Massachusetts, and heading back we took a wrong turn. We didn’t care (had all day), and it was a lovely summer’s day–wasn’t really too hot for a July day. Out of nowhere we came upon a state park, (Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Bristol, MA), beach and food. Dan grabbed his camera and off we headed to the boardwalk, a bench and food. And then we walked–as we rounded a bend, unbelievable vistas greeted us. Dan just started shooting, and planning paintings.

We walked down to the water to check out the waves, and a woman dressed in a long, flowing skirt and braided hair passed us. As she strolled by and away from us, we looked at each other with one of those looks that says “painting”. At one point, she seemed to be alone on the beach; even though, there were children playing, all around us, in the sand with their pails and splashing in the water. But their voices seemed to disappear as she moved away from us, and all you could hear were the waves lapping the shore and the cries of the seagulls.

Surf at Horseneck Beach

Surf at Horseneck Beach

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

Poem by John Masefield

Essex Art Association

Essex Art Association

The art exhibit “Pathways”-Summer Open Juried Show
Exhibit runs from July 27th to August 17, 2013 at:
Essex Art Association
10 North Main St, Essex, CT
Open daily: 1-5pm (except Tuesdays)
Ph: 860.767.8996
Web: EssexArtAssociation.com

There were nearly 250 paintings submitted and 80 were accepted…”Summer Stroll by the Sea” is one of the accepted enteries. We are excited and honored.
Hope you can check it out. Essex is a beautiful historic town to visit.

Us-Dan, the Artist and Nancy, the Blogger

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