Thirsty Thursday: Escape into art

 

Would you like to get away from it all on your very own imaginary island? Artist Lee Mathers has just the place for you!  Visit The Commonwealth of New Island, and get your dream home in one of his paintings like this one:

Trish decided she wanted a spacious house with a big kitchen and a large studio. With Alan's help, she found that the clay on East Sumbitch was suitable for adobe-making, and plenty of pencil-pine and oak trees grew nearby for roof beams and patio framework. The doors and windows came from the Sapphire Tribe, the best window-makers on New Island.
Trish decided she wanted a spacious house with a big kitchen and a large studio. With Alan’s help, she found that the clay on East Sumbitch was suitable for adobe-making, and plenty of pencil-pine and oak trees grew nearby for roof beams and patio framework. The doors and windows came from the Sapphire Tribe, the best window-makers on New Island.

His web site has this bio:

Beaches, waves, and the ocean’s energy have never ceased to fascinate and enchant this artist. While growing up on the California coast, Lee spent most of his childhood on the beach, and soon began drawing beaches and waves (and imagined tsunamis and other disasters) while in grade school. He later studied art in four West Coast art programs before earning a BS Degree in Art in 1980. After moving to Wisconsin in 1986, the irony of being away from the ocean compelled him to spend a lot more time painting it. Lee found that he can “be there” by painting and drawing imaginary places inspired by California and Oregon’s natural coasts. In the mid-1990s his imagination expanded to a 12,600-square-mile imaginary island-nation set in the Indian Ocean, that he calls the Commonwealth of New Island. Lee soon began augmenting paintings of island landscapes with road maps, a history and cultural overview, coinage, stamps, a flag, and the platting and selling of building sites to anyone who would like to own a piece of this imaginary world. Lee currently lives and works in Wisconsin and spends part of his time on coastlines observing and capturing the energy he loves.

Sail away to New Island and see the beautiful landscape and architecture by visiting the web site here.

In  “Dancing on the Edge”  the woman is dancing alone on an isolated bluff. While painting this, I wanted to be in this place, maybe even be her as she feels the warm sun and the ocean breeze, hears the booming surf and takes in the salty air. My idea was that she is dancing with nature, and just being herself.
In “Dancing on the Edge” the woman is dancing alone on an isolated bluff. While painting this, I wanted to be in this place, maybe even be her as she feels the warm sun and the ocean breeze, hears the booming surf and takes in the salty air. My idea was that she is dancing with nature, and just being herself.