By D. J. Kolodziej Stawasz
- Media: Drawing
- Additional information about the media used in the work: Pencil on paper
- Framed Size (height x width): 28" x 36"
This is a scene very familiar to me and my family…we’ve spent the last 45 plus years vacationing in Ogunquit, Maine,enjoying both its sophistication and ruggedness, sun, beach and sand. This is the view from our porch looking out to the east and the panoramic snapshot of both the ocean and the quaint turn-of-the-century estate with its slate roof and stone chimneys.
On this particular day, I was taken by the contrast between three areas – the sky and its dominating billowing clouds, the calm yet strong ocean, and the lushness of the foliage surrounding the house, a regal manor-type home that no longer is the dominating architecture for summer residences in Ogunquit.
The three areas have been handled differently. The sky, the first area I tackled, needed to portray softness, the second area, the ocean, needed to convey the vastness of the ocean and Maine’s chilly waters. The final area, the manor house and surrounding foliage needed to convey the sturdiness of weather beaten seaside trees yet maintain a sense of free-spirited softness and movement.
As a creative person, I felt the need to document “old” Ogunquit. To show what the landscape and hardscape could have been a hundred years ago or so. Not being nostalgic, I didn’t want to celebrate that time because it was better, but because it is part of Ogunquit’s history and should be celebrated and learned from.
I like to think that “you can’t go back, you only can move forward,” and hope we learn from
the successes and mistakes of the past.