Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summer Solstice

Peace by the River
16x20
Oil on Canvas

Tomorrow is Summer Solstice.  It's also Father's Day, so we all have two reasons to celebrate.  My husband is on his annual fishing trip up in International Falls, Minnesota.  Every year about twenty guys go up in a caravan of vehicles and fish to their hearts' content for one week.  They've been doing this for the last twenty-some years.  Our son is with them this year, so at least he'll celebrate Father's Day with one of his children.

There is a magic in the air at this time of year.  At the true beginning of summer the fireflies put on their nightly display.  The flowers smell especially sweet in the humid evening air and the moon has an enchanting halo around it.  There are so many gifts in nature.  It's hard to take it all in at once.  But I'll try.  Maybe I'll sleep on the back porch tonight.  


15 comments:

Maggie Latham said...

Janelle, This is awesome!!!!
Maggie

FireLight said...

Good morning, Janelle! I noticed this morning that I have a new follower! If I have missed a comment from you previously and did not say "Welcome to my little corner of blogdom" please accept my apology and know that I was delighted to visit your "Musings." I can tell I am going to enjoy exploring your site! And, yes it is a wonderous time of year. Peace be with you.

VISION DE ARLEQUÍN said...

MUY BUENAS PINTURAS... TODO PARECE TIRANDOLE A TRISTEZA, CIAO.

UN SALUDO DESDE ALGÚN SALTAPATRÁS Y ONÍRICO LUGAR DE MÉXICO.

"LA VIDA ES UN GRAN CIRCO, PERO SIN ESPECTADORES"

CIAO

Jala Pfaff said...

Fantastic!!

Your Spanish comment says: "Very good paintings...everything has a touch of sadness about it. Ciao. Greetings from a dreamy, forgotten place in Mexico. 'Life is a grand circus, but without spectators.'"

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Maggie, Thank you so much! This one was done on canvas, but I'm switching to linen and find it makes such a difference.

Hi FireLight, I found your blog through Willow and must say that it's quite a magical place. Thanks so much!

Hello Vision de Arlequin, Thank you!

Hi Jala, Thanks so much for the translation. You were the first person I thought of because I know you're a Spanish instructor. I've always wanted to be fluent in another language. I envy you!

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Janelle, I love your paintings and the text descriptions that go along with them .Sometimes the texts make me feel like I was there. Great work again, your style is truly inspiring.

neetzy said...

You've captured the essence of the solstice. The lazy height of summer. Your paintings are soothing and peaceful.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Those colours glow Janelle!

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Janelle,
I love stopping by you blog. The serenity and the intimacy which you capture is so intriguing.

Jala Pfaff said...

You're quite welcome. I thought it was a very cool comment he left!

loriann said...

Beautiful Janelle! Your glazed works are taking on a new richness and moodiness. Brava!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Fabio, Thank you so much. Your recent landscapes are fantatic!

Hi Neetzy, Thank you. I'm glad you view my paintings are soothing and peaceful. That's what I'm striving for.

Hi Sheila, Thanks so much. I'm always striving for the glow too!

Hi Susan, Thanks for stopping. I've enjoyed your recent Cedarburg paint out painting!

Hi again Jala, Yes, it was very cool. Your kitten is even cooler!

Hi Loriann, Thanks so much. That means a lot, coming from you!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

LOVE this one, Janelle! I especially like the cool blues, very nice contrast with the warms.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

This piece is my favorite, very emotional and lovely.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Diane, Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Tina, Thanks! I just saw your abstracts and was taken by their dreamy quality!