. . . Snow woe? Weather woe? Maybe lack-of-power woe. “Power.” Have you ever thought about the usages of the word “power”. We use it to describe an attribute of people who attain positions where they can control the lives of others. Power is also an attribute of an individual who can control his/her own life. So why does “Power” also refer to electrical current to run lights, furnace, phone, internet, microwave, TV, DVD, and radio, to charge cell phones and Palm Pilots? Because without all those abilities, one is powerless.
Without power (in the technological sense) One is also cold, hungry, and sleepless. So I write this tale of powerlessness–obviously not from home–in a state of grogginess. For the first time in my life, I slept with a Great Dane. I invited her into bed with me when her “mom”, my granddaughter, bailed on us to go spend the night with a friend with “power”. Honey, the Great Dane, usually sleeps with Tabitha, my granddaughter. Tabitha thoughtfully lent us her comforter and Honey was dressed in a woolly sweater. I wore my thermally correct underwear and a snuggly fleece robe-type thing over that. We were warm enough. Well, I was warm enough. Honey was shivering and twitching all night, while I concentrated on hanging on to my share of the bed and waiting for the sun to rise.
Actually, I wasn’t all that hungry because I got to spend a wonderful 4 to 5 hours at a party with artists earlier in the day. Mill Brook Gallery in Concord held an opening for an exhibit that was enchanting in its originality and breadth. http://www.themillbrookgallery.com/ I had been invited by Patrick McCay, one of the featured artists, who is my EEE teacher. (EEE stands for Explore, Exploit, Express–in whatever medium, whatever style.) Two of his paintings already had red dots on them when we got there. “We” because I did not have the use of my car yesterday but got a ride with two other artists, Bea Bearden and David Wells. Through Bea and David I also found myself welcomed to a pot luck supper after the reception. What a pot luck supper it was! It deserves commemoration by publication of the entire amazing menu, but I cannot do it justice on the wing with descriptions like “quiche-type thing” and “rice and beans”. I didn’t go near the pies–no room for dessert.
So in truth I was warm enough and not hungry at all, and only sleepless now. Yesterday, before going off and partying, I used a few daylight hours to tinker with three paintings that I had started in EEE. The third one is my newest one, which you have not yet seen. In order to get enough light in which to photograph it, I brought it to the office with my camera. No tripod though, so it looks a little fuzzy.
As the cyclists arrive at the top, someone throws a gray blanket over their shoulders, which keeps them from getting too chilled after their sweaty exertion. The top of Mt. Washington is, even in August, likely to be a chilly place. Andy, who happens to be my son, appears to be wearing a ribbon of some sort, which I only noticed in the course of working on this painting. Will have to find out the significance of that.
The train car in the background is part of the Cog Railway.
In this painting, I believe I have become more of an impressionist, which is kind of what I have set out to do in the EEE class. My highest goal is to emulate Sargent and Sorolla, which to me means using the brush strokes expressively. I really enjoyed working on this painting. It is another of the studies for the larger work I am hoping to get to, the one of the whole top of the mountain with the crowds, the cyclists, and the mountain vistas.
Aline Lotter is currently exhibiting:
at the Gallery at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth; at the Sage Gallery in Manchester; at the Manchester Artists Association Gallery in Manchester; at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett; at the Red Jacket Inn in North Conway; at the Rockport Art Association Gallery in Rockport, Massachusetts.
Link to website: www.paintingsbyaline.com