Saturday, July 16, 2011

On the Water

We are in our beloved Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We have been here for a week and have three more weeks to go. Being on the water is very restorative for me and gives me space and time to catch up--not just on work but on life and on myself. This journey, of both the physical and mental type, is an annual one. This is our fifth summer in the same house that faces the bay beach and being here feels like home. This is not vacation but an important part of the year that gives fuel to face the rest of the year to come.

My day's are actually quite similar. Coffee and meditation in the morning on the side deck with a perfect view of the water, work for a few hours at the dining table where I can see out the front door to the water, afternoon beach time usually spent reading while watching the tide go in and out, followed by a swim in the pool.......most days are pretty much the same and the structure is nice and important for me. If you carefully read the description of my days you know that water is the constant.

Mary Beth Thielhelm
(2009 Artist-in-Residence, Dune Shack C-Scape, Provincetown)
Teal Sea II, 2008
Solar Etching
29" x 29"
from Sears Peyton Gallery, New York

As Provincetown is the oldest American artists colony, the town is filled with art galleries, some of which I will feature in blog posts over the next few weeks. Art of all sorts is studied, produced, and sold in this village which is "artistic" in oh so many ways. Hence the reason why I am so right at home here! This is a special place for those of us who love it and call it home each summer even if it is only "home" for a week or two or a month as it is for us this year. Don't we all need a place we can feel peace, love, acceptance, and most of all, quiet?

John Dowd
(Provincetown resident)
Quiet Street
Oil on Linen
14" x 18"
from William Scott Gallery, Provincetown

So this is it for me. The perfect combination of peace, love, acceptance, quiet....all on the water. As Tim aptly put it the other day when someone asked how we could be in Provincetown for a month and maintain careers, "there is work..but work done while looking out at boats on the horizon." I couldn't ask for anything better. Wherever you are this summer, I hope you see boats on the horizon.

Laurence Young
(Provincetown resident)
Three Adrift
Oil & Wax on Canvas
18" x 24"
from Alden Gallery, Provincetown




Anonymous said...

wow jeffery. i wish i could teleport myself to that beautiful place with you! we visited there a few years ago and it was so wonderful! enjoy your trip and I'll see you when you come back to new orleans! xo, caroline

MaryBeth Thielhelm said...

Thank You for the beautiful post of my work Jeffery!

The Dune Shack artist residency in Provincetown was a powerful and transformative experience.

Many Thanks, MaryBeth