Tuesday, August 18, 2015

High Tide Below

                                                      High Tide Below oil on canvas 20x20

 This is a composite derived from peering over cliffs in California and British Columbia.

 The Northwest is burning. Hot smoky summers are expected annually. Unless the judiciary gets involved, it`s nearly impossible to imagine the political will to act on global warming. It will take a catastrophe. Winston Churchill said America will always do the right thing, but only after it`s tried everything else.

                                            Fire in the Forest watermedia on paper 12x9

 Summer is slowly closing down, the angle of the light is taking on a hint of autumn.
Here is a watercolor of the season done by the late genius David Levine. Better known for his caricatures of the famous, he was also a fabulous painter. Somehow I became aware of his work early in my life and I learned a lot about the medium by studying reproductions of his. Coney Island was his muse. I`ve never been there but know exactly what it is like.

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Libby Fife said...

I've seen several images lately of paintings done in response to the many fires burning in the western states. It almost feels like a subject that should be sacred somehow. You treated it with sensitivity though so thank you. And I like the first piece quite a bit. I am afraid of heights but I can see through your piece the idea of peering over the edge (from the safety of my chair!).

Good post as always. Thanks!

PS-The atmosphere here is hazy even a bit in the mountains. It's scary because it is hazy in places like the Bay Area where you wouldn't expect that to be the case.

RH Carpenter said...

WOW! This one actually gives me a feeling of vertigo! What an accomplishment to make the viewer feel as if she is standing on the edge of a precipice!!

Mitch said...

Wow! What an amazing painting! I get vertigo just looking at it. I actually go through the emotions I would have were I standing at that edge: the initial fear/survival reaction, followed by the fascination/attraction to the danger, followed by the stronger fear/distrust of those parts of myself that are drawn to the edge. I am amazed that a painting can draw out such powerful feelings. It is abstracted and artful, and yet realistic at the same time. Terrific job, Randall.

E.M. Corsa said...

High Tide Below made me teeter in my chair! But, I really relate to the fire painting. Years ago, before becoming a trauma surgeon, my oldest son used to fight those wildfires when he was a fire fighter full time and lived in Washington state. So even though I didn't reside there, my heart was in my throat when fire season arrived knowing he would be involved. Stay safe my friend.

Burt Jarvis said...

High Tide Below is a great painting Randall, it makes me feel like I am right there on the edge looking down over the abyss at natures great gifts. I love the harshness of Fire in the Forest, I fear we will all be living in a burnt out desert in our lifetime. As always you’re a great inspiration to me.

Gary L. Everest said...

Hi Randall,
I love the High Tide painting, but what were you doing peeing over the edge?! Kidding, just kidding. I couldn't resist the chance to use something Rose Ann Roseannadanna might have said. :)
It's quite sad to see all the fires devouring the West. Sadly it's the lead story we see on all recent news programs. And you're right about anyone with power doing anything about the root cause. Nature always wins in the end, so the fires may only be a small part of the ultimate payment humans will pay in the near future.
Keep doing what you can.