"Canoes in Fog' a 24' x 48" oil painting, is the latest in the Lake Dreams Series, my series of paintings of canoes & water at the dock's edge.
Torn between labeling the series Dreaming of Summer and Cottage Dreams I did some "dream" research online. A dream about a lake that has still water represents a reserve of inner peace and spiritual energy. Such a dream provides solace and security, as well.
My longing for an end to the gloomy spring and for escape to a lake (any lake!) inspired these paintings. It wasn't the hot, noisy, splashy days by the water I craved. I dreamed of those still and solitary moments at the water's edge. Those moments alone on the dock, reflections of clouds and blue sky leaving me wondering which world is real. Or the quiet of early morning, before the others are awake. The mist or fog not yet cleared, and the world dreamy and undemanding. Time to contentedly reflect and contemplate, the spirit replenished. Yes, these are definitely Lake Dreams paintings.
But what about canoes and dreams? A canoe in a dream represents serenity, simplicity, and independence. I don't know what six canoes overturned represents though. Normally in art, odd numbers of items, make for more interesting composition. Artistically this still applies to my work, as the overlapping canoes read as one shape. Squint and you'll see what I mean. (See some other canoe paintings here & here)
However, there are six of them. In dreams, "six" stands for co-operation, balance, tranquility, perfection, warmth, union, marriage, family and love. Mental, emotional and spiritual states are in harmony.
And the fog? Positive changes are afoot if the fog clears in the dream. In this painting, Canoes in Fog, the fog is lifting. The promise of clear day, with time spent on the water, lies ahead.
Fall is now officially here. I never did get away this summer, or was anywhere near a lake. These paintings, and the paintings of "dreams" to come, will have to give the solace I need until next summer.
This winter, if you need solace, or a reminder that summer will return, you are welcome to see what "Lake Dreams" are in my Williams Mill studio most Friday and Saturdays 12 - 5 p.m..