In working on the compositions for a July show for the Louisa Gould Gallery on Martha's Vineyard, the roles of nostalgia and hopeful future have been in my mind.
a sentimental longing or wishful affection for the past,
typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
Based on that definition, nostalgia sounds pretty good. However, living in the past has its drawbacks. In this time of change, it may be a long time before we "go back to normal." Things we remember as children have changed and will never go back (like the now-developed woods near my childhood home.) The life we led mere months ago has changed for so many.
Where does that leave us? Many are living intensely in the present, dealing with illnesses, lost jobs, and less clear futures.
While keeping a foothold in the present is necessary for our day to day lives, casting our eyes to a hopeful future can be a source of comfort.
The paintings I have composed for the upcoming show reflect my very fond childhood memories of Julys on Martha's Vineyard with brushes of a hopeful future thrown in.
My paintings will be in the gallery by July 3 and remain throughout the rest of the summer.
Louisa Gould Gallery
54 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Stripes and Solids
13.25" X 24"
As part of the hopeful future, the beach umbrellas no longer have to maintain social distancing. Stripes and Solids can mingle freely.