While painting along the Nezinscot River, Joel found inspiration for his 2012 show: “One branch of the Nezinscot River forms the back border of our property in Sumner. The river flows from Sumner to Buckfield to Turner, and then joins the Androscoggin River, one of the four major rivers of Maine. On a windy day I tied up on shore and painted, and when I got out to stretch my legs I realized at once that the canoe itself with the easel set up in it, the painting on it, and the motif represented in the distance made an ideal subject of a painting and gave me an idea of a theme to explore for this show: a series of paintings done in a particular locale, and related compositions including the easel—reflections on the process and experience of painting in nature.”
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Illustrated on page 6 of the Vose Galleries exhibition catalogue
Lyric Suite: An Easel in the Landscape, New Works by Joel Babb, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 9 – November 17, 2012