Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Plains of the Southeast....


                                          ~ Carol Roddenberry
                                                        Oranges on a Beach (c) 2013

                                                       Oil on canvas, 30" x 30" 
                                                       Inspired by a beach picnic on St. Simons Island, GA

                                                       Will post on 10/09/13 to  http://www.dailypaintworks.com
You have to take the plains where you can find them; sometimes they are in the middle of the country, sometimes they are found in a different geographical sense, altogether.  In the Southeast, you can find nice, flat, plains-like places in Florida, along the beaches anywhere and throughout the state. Further north, all along the long, hot, flat roads of South Georgia and Alabama, where crops grow tended, or not, people long for the ocean winds. These long, plains-like views also sing of the wind-swept plains, but with humidity.  Everyone prays for a little breeze...an old time zephyr, heck, even a breezy storm will do. The land is flat, and it leaves more visual real-estate for the sky. 

In Florida, these winds don't need to be invited; they can flow right across the state going east or west, it matters not, just know that the breeze will find you and flirt. In the long spaces between ocean waters along other southeastern states, picnics near the ocean become visions in the minds of those who remain land-bound.

A picnic is good wherever you find it, like the long-view of a plain part of land - and it is fine to occur in your mind.  Like us, the best picnics are created with simple forms, some objects that seem to visit in the space provided, and a linen napkin stretched out like a beach towel.  The breeze is on its way.
~ Roddenberry (c) 2013