Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fog bank

Fog bank
9 x 12 oils

Carl Sandburg (1878 – 1967)


The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

There is a subtle change in the light. You strain to see the separation of sea and sky and realize that there isn't any. The fog bank is resting on the horizon, almost resembling land at times. The mirage of the sea, not the desert.

The foggiest place in the world is the Grand Banks off the island of Newfoundland. Fog is frequent there as the Grand Banks is the meeting place of the cold Labrador Current from the north and the much warmer Gulf Stream from the south. The foggiest land areas in the world are Point Reyes, California, and Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, both with over 200 foggy days a year.


Robyn said...

Beautiful calmness in this painting, Jeanette. It draws me right in, straining to see further. I love fog, as long as I'm not trying to drive. Wonderful greens you have made here.

Jennifer Rose said...

the painting reminds me a lot of the fog around here. Sneaks up on you most times and other times you can see it running down the hills.

Anita said...

Wonderful Jeanette, I love the way you are getting such mood into these pieces. Great to see

Jeanette said...

This just seemed to happen Robyn. I wanted to experiment with smooth transitions of colour. Those bluey-greens worked well to create the atmosphere.

Fog is a mystery always Jennifer.

I'm glad you think that Anita. I wanted a mysterious, surreal feel to this.

Anonymous said...

Ah, now that brings back memories. Fog R US!

When the Vikings explored the northwest Atlantic, the sagas say they came to a place where they couldn't tell what was water or sky or ice, there were no boundaries between them. I reckon they were just off the north-east coast of Newfoundland then, no? haha

Cate in Scotland

Jeanette said...

Laughing, oh yes Cate, definitely they had to be just off Newfoundland!