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. But the rocks themselves have shadows and modeling and are already spotted with their own color and moss. So it becomes very dynamic and complex to get at what the light it doing: throwing patterns over patterns.”
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Illustrated on page 7 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