Friday, August 20, 2010
Once Upon a Time
Oil on canvas panel, 6" x 6"
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The idyllic looking place in this painting no longer exists. It was painted from a photo I took a couple of years ago. Today, the area looks like the photo below, taken yesterday.
Catherine Creek courses through this low-lying land, and if it weren't for the earthen dike you can just make out along the treeline in the photo, this farmland would be a marsh year round. Even with the dike, water finds it's way into low spots, and my painting shows one of those backwater channels. The farmer has graded out the channel and dozed the trees down, probably in an effort to reclaim agricultural ground and in hopes of reducing flooding.
I watched a program the other night on a photographer (forgive me, I don't recall his name) who took many photos of older buildings. He said "Every photographer is a historian." The simple truth of it struck me. Even painters, artistic license and all, work at freezing a moment of time...a fleeting impression...an historic instant. And we are constantly reminded that the only constant is change.