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June 28, 2021
By Chelsea Reed
Brand new art just rolled in for Outer Banks Squared: The Art Show, and we’re so excited! It’s a great way for artists to express adoration and nostalgia for the Outer Banks of North Carolina. And this year, the big blue ocean is front and center stage.
This pastel painting by Allison Wiese is just one remarkable example. It’s so bold and action-packed! How does that tiny line not break off the humongous fish? Will it become the catch of your dreams or the one that got away? The artist doesn’t say, but only allows the viewer to experience the thrill of the moment. One can simply fathom what might happen next.
Not all quality coastal moments need to be thrilling. Many times, we seek out the sea as a refuge for solitude. The “bigness” of the open ocean is a great reinforcement of personal perspective. It becomes the ideal backdrop for us to clear our minds and solve problems, for us to reflect on who we are and where we are going. Few “me-time” experiences rival that of a quiet walk with nature on the Outer Banks. The sights and sounds of the ocean are sure to nurture those who embrace it.
Speaking of “me-time,” this artist seems to express a different idea of beachside meditation in this oil painting. What can be more therapeutic than making sandcastles on the beach, or peering at a scooped-up sea critter in a bucket of water? We have to admit, kids come up with some of the best activities for stress relief, and a lot of them happen to take place at the beach.
If you’ve never seen a round-shaped house before, you’re truly missing out on classic Outer Banks architecture. These round houses, like the one in this pastel painting, are the hallmark of a historical era. They are exactly as they sound. Built in an octagonal shape, they provide a unique perspective of the ocean for a beach house. If you’re fortunate enough, you may be able to spend your vacation inside one!
Are you ready to get your feet wet into some amazing art? Check out the rest of the artwork in the show at Seaside Art Gallery’s website, or witness each piece for yourself at the Gallery. These fond Outer Banks memories captured in paint are sure to delight audiences everywhere while they are still available.
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