Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sea Shore - Ocean City New Jersey by Nancy Herman

It is getting to be seashore time for me.  Every year (almost) since I was born I have gone to the Jersey shore for at least a week.  Usually it's Ocean City but sometimes Long Beach Island.

My grandparents had a house on Bay Road in Ocean City.  For many years I sat on their porch, which was on the second floor, so we had a good view of the bay, and gazed longingly at the boats going by.  We never crossed the street to visit our neighbors on the other side.  I didn't think this was odd for many years.
  
There were awnings on this porch and one of the more debated topics of the porch sitters was when to put them up or down.  It is no accident that I have painted awnings more than once.  I find them interesting.  They keep out the hot sun but they also filter the light so you can be bathed in a golden glow.  For me those days on the porch in the innocence of my youth are bathed in that kind of light.  Time is the awning blocking out all the unhappiness and leaving only that rosy glow.



YELLOW AWNING
12" x 12"
oil on streched canvas




WHITES
6" x 9"
oil on canvas board
SOLD
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Here is a link to another post about porch sitting: http://postcardsfromthemainline.blogspot.com/2011/09/whites.html

3 comments:

Mary Beth Brath said...

So good to see your post this morning Nancy! I love your work. My husband grew up just outside of Ocean City New Jersey. We also love the Jersey Shore.

Sue Marrazzo said...

So summery and fun!

Cecelia Lyden said...

VERY POETIC, NOSTALGIC POST-I AGREE AWNINGS CREATE A SPECIAL LIGHT AND A SURFACE FOR INTERESTING SHADOWS.