'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summer's Going Swimmingly

Framed acrylic painting with assemblage
©robin r kent
With this kind of heat, it's great to be able to find a friendly water spot. Mine is a fresh water lake made from aquifers surrounded by trees, grass, and woods. I love the ocean, too, and miss its briny smell. Maybe someday we'll get as close again as we used to be.
The fresh water is warmer now and friendly to the skin. However, I've always had the hardest time diving in. All my friends could just 'cannonball' off the dock and get on with the water play. Not me. I had to suffer through a slow and steady walk into submersion. No shock allowed, and progress hit a major slowdown when cool water approached the midriff. Maybe I had to process it all before I could adjust to it?
Now when it comes to art, I love water based acrylic paint. (How's that for an unabashed segway?) No problem diving in. No smell, no messy clean up, and it only hits my gut in an emotional way.
Just like being a kid at the lake, I can play all day in that kind of water. After being bouyed up - weightless - in its magical maritime world, returning to land feels heavy; leaving it an adjustment. Good thing I know how to get back.


oldblackcatboo said...

I'm not a "cannonballer" either. I test it with a toe, ease in a foot and sloooowwwwly ease in. Too scared to leap in, whether it's the shock of the cold or just the risk of hitting the bottom.
Kinda of how I handle my life. Afraid of "cracking" my head open on a rock. Or worse.
But missing the thrill....
once again you've made me reflect on my own world and remind me to take some risks, even if it's only with my art.
XOXO - Cindi

Carole said...

Cannonball schmannoball....slow and easy is my choice.
"Bubbles" looks a little surprised like maybe the bubbles were his! Or maybe a big shark"s?

I wish we could play in the acrylic waters together!

momamama said...

I ease in slowly as well.... with most things :)
Love the piece!

Robin Kent said...

I'm not really sure why I titled this Bubbles. Just demanded it at the time. No bubbles to speak of - yet. One of those 'they named themselves' ones.
Guess we all have to play together in the cyber waters for now.

Karin Lynn said...

I just happened on your blog through Jeane Myers blog.....Your work makes me SMILE. Anyone who can do this work must have a wicked sense of humour. I am going to enjoy following your posts. Cheers, Karin Lynn

Robin Kent said...

Hi Karin Lynn
You come with high credentials indeed!
Thank you for visiting.