A companion piece to Fresnel’s Boots, this painting was an imagining of a woman’s point of view, isolated on an island for a year. What is the psychology between a couple taking care of a lighthouse? The term ‘cabin fever’ may not even begin to describe it. When on a residency in Maine we participating artists were taken to a lighthouse for a short visit. The couple in charge gave us a tour of the facility, but the idea of this pair, on this island, alone, wouldn’t leave my mind even weeks after the residency ended.
I created this piece out of video scrap of the island, and a slip of my wife’s, about a year after returning home. Like Fresnel’s Boots, this is one of the rare pieces of mine without figures, though the care-taking woman is very evident nevertheless.
Lovely work. Get the feeling the breeze is nibbling at my earlobes, along with a strange sense of vertigo!
At one time I tried to get a feeling of vertigo into all my paintings. I wanted the viewer to feel as if falling into the image. Now I just nibble earlobes!
Ah yes, Kaiser…the reason I couldn’t paint TODAY. Oh wait, let me back up…it was the fact I was up all night with hip pain (I’ve had for 5 months) and i had to deal with it today. So after the chiropractic appt. (which did not work) I headed to the orthotic store for new shoe fittings. I arrived home to paint, and Kaiser mismanaged my elderly dad’s care and I had to deal with that. Then my dog with mouth cancer for 5 months needed food cooked & syringed and I had to do his laundry. Field emails. Check mail. Eat some dinner by 8:30pm.
Lesson ONE Bijan: People (and Artists) do art and have fucked up lives. There is no perfect life, and there are no lives without hardship. Optimists find a way to be creative and fulfill their creative needs. It is driven at a soul level. I didn’t paint for many many years….but I cook, I creatively raised a family and I found outlets. But there has never been a time, a day, an hour, a minute where I haven’t relished and waited for the time when I would paint. I’ve had two retinal detachments and I literally can’t see straight, have night blindness and can’t see detail in shadow areas. But I"m gonna paint!!!
Lesson two: Be grateful for your Kaiser and always know that you must advocate for yourself.
Lesson three: Be grateful to people like Mr. Hess who share what they can with us. Ask questions and realize “LIFE” doesn’t come with a mentor. ;-)
I’m not sure why, Scott, but this piece is magical for me -maybe it is the way I can feel and smell the wind blowing the slip…
Thanks, Grady! I like it when I can get the feel of wind blowing out of a canvas. I think the shape of the island under the slip helps move it, and the sense of wind moving it.