Today is the first day of my husbands Christmas vacation, which means he will be home with us for the next 3 weeks. Our 2 year old son decided that it would be fun to get up at 4:45am this morning. Of course, I let Frank sleep in- a much needed and well deserved treat. At 7am, he came out to the living room and said, “get your shoes on and grab your camera.”
As our manner is, we drove until we saw something pretty. Thankfully, that’s pretty easy to do when you live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. About 30 minutes from our house is Deal Island. Apparently, it was originally named “Devil’s Island” because so many ships wrecked along its shores in times past. I’m sure that eventually some local “glass half full person” decided “Devil’s Island” was just too darn depressing, and decided to campaign for a more cheery name. Who knows.
I just love it out there. When I was in college I interned for a photography workshop. We traveled to Deal Island to take portraits and, since many of the professional photographers were from NYC and LA, this was like a complete culture shock/alien land to them. I took some pictures during my time there but never wrote down the names of the people I was photographing. Later, I decided I should drive back down and give my “models” copies of the images as thank yous for being so happy to pose for me.
I walked into the only store in town- a bait/grocery/bar type place and showed the lady behind the counter the pictures. She and her coworker managed to identify and call each person and then direct me to them. The funniest thing was that they needed no telephone prefix or area code to dial- just 4 digits and the person was reachable. I love that they can still live so simplistic. Maybe the teenagers in town don’t see it that way…
Today was a cold, but breathtaking, day to be out on that one road to the end of everything. Here are some of the images that I captured. I hope you enjoy the breath of fresh air, too.
… I remember someone saying that to me when I first tried to leave the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I had just finished college and wanted to move to a big city, and I did. Even though I was gone, I always found myself planning another road-trip home to see my parents: making sure that I brought my camera and had a plan to get lost.
I moved to Baltimore, Pensacola, Virginia Beach. Now I’m back. There is something very special about this place. It seems that no one but the locals realized it. It used to be common place to see bumper stickers touting: “There’s NO life west of the Chesapeake Bay.”
When I was younger I wanted concerts, museums and crowds. Now I want country drives, kayaking and bike rides (usually with my headphones or stereo blaring). So, here I am again. And I’m going to enjoy this slow life as long as I can.
Here are 3 paintings inspired by life on the Eastern Shore.
When I first moved to Baltimore I really loved the hustle and bustle that you can experience in a city. After a year, however, the novelties of traffic-jams and constant sound got to me and I was missing the serenity of nature. Thankfully, some friends of mine told me about a good hiking spot. Over the next 2 years I ended up exploring this new place in and out. I remember hiking so much that the soles of my boots literally fell off and I had to tie them on with shoelaces to get back.
There were moments, during those times, that the reward for the hike was SO worth the work it took to get there. This was one of those days.
Today I finished layer 2.
This morning my husband calls me from work to say that he would like to take me to Berlin, MD. for their 2nd Friday art stroll….um, ok!! My mom sweetly volunteered to watch our son so that we could stroll sans stroller (see what I did there? clever, huh?). As if the beautiful weather, live music, pumpkin pie and amazing art wasn’t enough, I got to see a couple of fellow art friends there too.
2nd Friday, Berlin
The Worcester County Arts Council is featuring David Simpson’s beautiful landscape paintings this month. It was so nice to see both David and his new works since we used to be painting friends years ago in college (has it really been over 10 years?!) I have to say that David has an amazing ability to capture light and texture. As a viewer, you can almost breathe the ocean air that he has painted. He also has a friendly, personable demeanor that I find to be rare in the art world. He has stayed true to himself, and the people who know him respect his work. So, if you’re looking to see some absolutely stunning locally inspired paintings this month, head over to Berlin and check him out. You won’t be disappointed.
After leaving there we headed over to The Globe Theatre for their photography show, featuring local images of Berlin. I have to say that I was disappointed with this show. It wasn’t that the images were bad. In fact, most of them showed iconic Berlin views that anyone would recognize. What bothered me was the use of all the extra stuff: unnecessary digital editing and cheesy canvas wrapped photos. There were even typed signatures added in photoshop. Ugg. In my opinion, and yes this is probably just my opinion, it would’ve been a much more intriguing show had there been just “plain” ol’ pictures in frames. It’s too bad that something as classic as photography has to be modernized in order for it to be interesting.
Down the street at Baked the oil paintings of Sarah Grangier are featured this month. Also a graduate of Salisbury University, she specializes in oil landscapes and wildlife. Her work has been featured in many galleries and museums in Maryland. Check her out! And, while you’re there, get a piece if the homemade pumpkin pie.
Well, that sums it up. If you’ve never made it to America’s Coolest Small Town for a 2nd Friday, please go. It will be an enjoyable experience, i guarantee it.