Friday, 22 April 2011
Newfoundland has its own language of sorts depending on where you go on the island or Labrador. Words that I have heard in Dorset and Somerset pop up here as dirivatives or glimpses of Ireland are apparent in brogues and phrases.
Words for the weather are no different, and mauzy is one of them. Here's the definition taken from the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. Oh yes, there is one.
This word had sprung to mind when I was creating this painting. The painting is a combination of life and memory. I had seen this 'mauzy' morning on the drive to work and didn't have a camera with me to try to record it so I committed it to memory as best I could. The mist, the light, the colours with the sun burning off the edges and highlighting the water. Its an interesting exercise to see how much visual information remains in your memory to recreate on canvas. I think it works best when you are very familiar with a subject at various times of day. The brain seems to do a mental mix and let you pick out the elements that it thinks work best.