On his paintings of the rivers and forests of Maine, Joel writes, “I realized that I was becoming more and more fond of painting brooks because of the excitement of what the water was doing, and because they changed from day to day, and season to season, but always offered a view with plenty going on. The theme which emerges is the pattern of light falling in a spotted fashion over the rocks and water…The energy of sunlight drives the succession of the forest. There is a large fallen tree, and two other trees are in the process of bowing down. But as soon as they are down, they are colonized by other life forms, and nothing is wasted. The viewer may observe this cycle of energy, growth and decay with a sense of detachment, but the viewer too is part of the cycle of birth, growth and decay.”
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Collection of the artist
(verso of panel) Joel Babb / Trout Brook at Morrill Farm
Illustrated on page 12 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