painting by Jessica Ives
I’m working on an essay right now and it ties together thoughts about my current painting practice, quotations by Charles Hawthorn and Barry Lopez, my love of play, and a recent magical visit to Grafton Notch State Park’s Screw Auger Falls. This painting, a memory from that visit, contains all my thoughts expressed in pigment. It is a teaser for the words, which will publish next week. In the meantime, what exactly is a notch? In Home Ground, a dictionary for the American landscape compiled by Barry Lopez, the geographic term is defined:
A narrow passage between two elevations is called a notch. Also a depression or dent, an opening or defile, a cut in the surface of anything. In landscape, especially, a mountain pass. This is the location in a mountain range where a geological formation is lower than the surrounding peaks, thus allowing passage. Notch can simply indicate an opening through rough terrain.
Every Tuesday The Maine will post a new painting by Jessica Ives. These small works, all 4 x 4 inches on cradled birchwood panels, will be concurrently listed for auction on dailypaintworks.com, a fantastic platform designed by artists, for artists. View the auction for this painting here, or simply click on the image above.
Tuesday 207 paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Visit the growing gallery of Tuesday 207 paintings here.
Jessica is the editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.