|Summer is by far most kid's favorite season (no school). Beyond that it's about "beatin" the heat as depicted by Dolan Zolan's Summer Cooler.|
|Summer, 1909, Frank Weston Benson|
|Home From Camp, 1976, Norman Rockwell. The famed artist could have chosen to depict a young man's first solo foray into the world outside his "safety zone." Instead Rockwell chose to document the boy's joyous return from having conquered it.|
Originality--Does the artist bring a new understanding or approach to his or her undertaking? Or, is it imitative, tired, and trite? Compare Abel Grimmer's Summer to Bruegel's handling of the same subject a generation earlier (below).
|Pieter Bruegel painted virtually the same scene more than forty years before Abel Grimmer.|
|Summer Evening, 1947, Edward Hopper|
|Nordic Summer Evening, 1899-1900, Richard Bergh.|
|Wild Flowers and Summer Wine, Stephan Darbishire.|
|Timpanogos Tipis, Jeremy Winborg--too much depth of field.|
Each artist and each work seeks to capture both the essence and the details of the summer season. Some do so better than others. Their visions and summertime memories span several centuries while embracing different cultures and their attempts to cope with and enjoy this warmest (or hottest) season of the year. Below is my own effort in this regard. I call it Treed. Let's just hope the boy is not startled into a rude awakening.
Copyright, Jim LaneTreed, Jim Lane