Lifeguard Station 56

“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Many artists painted the same scene multiple times; the goal would be to make improvements, learn something new on each attempt, or capture the scene in different light conditions.  Examples are plentiful, but maybe the most famous one is that of the Rouen Cathedral paintings by Claude Monet.   He painted the Cathedral 26 times at different hours of the day and different seasons.  Monet was an impressionist painter, and for him, it was all about capturing the precise light conditions, which are never the same.  For a few years, I created hundreds of fused glass tiles, attempting to describe one thing – a line, the horizon line.  The results were never the same.  

On my bike rides, I always pass by this lifeguard station. It’s my turn back point.  The view is never the same, and often it’s all about the sky!

July 2019