This painting used to be on display in the cafe. It was a picture that drew me in, made me look, and look again.
To me is speaks of crushing disappointment, that balloon means so much, I can almost see the trembling lower lip and imminent sobs of the child. Or is it joy, he has set the balloon free, he is thrilled to see it floating away in the clear blue sky. Either there way there is freedom, freedom in the balloon floating free, freedom in the child on that beautiful beach.
To me it is a happy picture, a sunny picture, a simple image.
It makes me think of sunshine and summer, beaches and dolphins. Dolphins? Yes dolphins. Last summer Martin and Ann took us to the most amazing beach on the atlantic coast of France. The beach went on forever and ever, mile upon mile of delightful golden sand. Although it was a hot sunny day and there were lots of people about enjoying the sunshine, the beach was peaceful and hardly a busy place to be.
We all splashed about in the water, swam and dived around. As we were swimming the lifeguards (sheer Baywatch, seriously fit!!) started calling people in. Next there were jeeps rushing down the beach and loud hailers telling people to leave the water. Instantly your mind flies to Jaws and the beach at Amity when they are clearing the water and dragging people out half eaten from the clutches of a certain large and hungry fishy.
This didn't happen. Nobody was nibbled.
Martin and Idgy went on a mission to investigate. Further down the beach a crowd had gathered and our intrepid duo plunged in to get the news. A dolphin was injured and had swam in to shore. It had been quickly rescued by the Baywatch team (those red cozzies actually got wet) and they were looking after it while a vet was called. We had been called out of the water because the rest of the dolphin school would apparently come back to find their friend. They wouldn't come near if all of us noisy humans were splashing about. This was real wildlife rescue and Idgy was thrilled to see it all in action. Ask her about summer in France and she will say two things – Dolphin and Kittens. The kittens are another story, but the dolphin, the beach, the sunshine, it all came back to me when I looked at that seaside picture.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words. So true, so many words, memories and feelings can be found in paint on canvas, pixels on screen.
I like pictures.