Exquisite & Hyperrealistic Aquatic Paintings by Samantha French
Brooklyn-based artist,Samantha French composes beautiful nostalgic oil paintings, which reflect summer nostalgia at its peak. Vibrant and poetic, French captures her subjects in the midst of aquatic transcendence as they peacefully surrender beneath the surface and gently rise back for air on the glittery surface. Reflecting on her childhood summers, she says:
“My current body of work is focused on swimmers underwater and above. Using vague yet consuming memories from my childhood summers spent immersed in the tepid lakes of northern Minnesota, I attempt to recreate the quiet tranquility of water and nature; of days spent sinking and floating, still and peaceful. These paintings are a link to my home and continual search for the feeling of the sun on my face and warm summer days at the lake. They are my escape, a subtle reprieve from the day-to-day. At the same time, I am drawn to an idealistic time before my own, where swim caps and wool swimsuits were commonplace. This combination of memory, observation and photography has allowed me to preserve the transitory qualities of water and remembrance.”
♕ Dragons always preferred to attack from above, Dany had learned. Should either get between the other and the sun, he would fold his wings and dive screaming, and they would tumble from the sky locked together in a tangled scaly ball, jaws snapping and tails lashing. The first time they had done it, she feared that they meant to kill each other, but it was only sport.
x Death is on its way to take Kauko. Don’t grieve for him. Don’t pity him. Guess where he is now? The Valkyries are taking him home to Valhalla. Right at this moment he is…he is drinking ale with the gods.
♕ Bolder than the other two, her black dragon had been the first to try his wings above the water, the first to flutter from ship to ship, the first to lose himself in a passing cloud… and the first to kill.
“….On reflection, I suggest that, we love each other. Absolutely and unequivically, for the rest of our lives. One beautiful day at a time.”- Hugh Laurie as Sam Bell in Maybe Baby
Just finished watching Maybe Baby. I think one of the best filmsHugh has ever been
in. A great romantic comedy if you figure out the adult humour in it. Made me cry at the end a tad bit, but all in all, I’d give it two thumbs up.