Ah, Summer

June 29, 2022

Ah, Summer!!  As Henry James said, “Summer afternoon; summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  I wholeheartedly agree, and the artists of Gallery One this month portray the joys of summer on canvas and paper. Beaches and swimming pools, and sailboats at sea beckon us. Each artist shares their own perspective as to that slice of summer that best defines the season for them. “There is nothing better on a summer day than taking a nap by the pool, falling asleep to the sounds of water, songbirds, and the gentle wind in the trees…” shares Laura Hickman in her pastel painting, “Ah, summer.” And Summer does not start for artist Dale Sheldon in her acrylic painting, “Old Bay,” until the crab feast has been served.

“Salt in the air, sand in my hair!” Spending time at the beach is the perfect way to spend a summer day! In artist Mary Bode Byrd’s Acrylic diptych she colorfully and delightfully captures a summer day at the beach with kite flying, and cloud gazing. While Lesley McCaskill reminisces about being a beach bookworm in peaceful complementary blues and peaches. Also on the beach is artist Cindy Beyer with her pastel, “Shore Break.” “Trying to capture the perfect wave (on paper) is even more elusive than trying to catch the perfect wave on a surfboard,” she playfully laments. In a glorious cacophony of blues and greens, Cindy captures the perfect moment an exquisitely curled wave crash! In W. Scott Broadfoot’s oil painting, “Sail Away – Coming About,” the artist depicts, in his classical style, Delaware sailors, and spectators enjoying one of many sailboat regattas held on the Delaware Bay. The ephemeral quality of light that Scott captures defines summer.

For many artists summer is the most appealing time of year for painting plein air, and Marybeth Paterson is one of them. In Paterson’s oil painting, “Summer on Tilghman Island,” she brings us a beautiful, and peaceful fishing spot in the heart of the Eastern Shore on the Chesapeake Bay. The sky, light, landscape, and water present a stirring mix of crisp blues, and an array of other hues that inspire plein air painting. In Michelle Marshall’s acrylic, “Too Cool for Summer,” we see quintessential “summer cool by the pool,” in a contemporary approach with a limited palette that somehow makes me feel glamorous just looking at it.

We hope you will share a little summer with us at Gallery One this month.