Thursday, August 11, 2011
The summer of 2011 has been a complete and utter washout.
In the last 70 days, there have been 10 only in which is has not rained. In August so far, it has rained at some point every day with no sun. And there is no warmth to it either. The high today? 13C. Not exactly balmy.
Now I know I shouldn't complain as other parts of North America are sweltering under a blisteringly hot sun. But come on weather, just a little heat and a little sun, even one day a week? Please??
So, given lemons - or in this case fog - I will paint the world as I see it today. Shrouded in low lying cloud, misty, damp and cool. Actually, I rather like fog. It gives a sense of mystery to the world and softens outlines and colours. This is the hazy view of the meadow in today's dense fog - and driving home it was dense, the original 'pea soup' fog, as I've always heard it named when it closes in low and thick. The term actually referred to a thick yellowish smog that was prevalent in London and caused by the burning of soft coal from industry and thousands of home chimneys. Being a British colony until 1949, the term translated to Newfoundland and referred more to sea fog, as there is little if any pollution here.
This is painted in oils on an 8 x 8" gallery canvas.