Lone Pine

July 24 th 2009

Oil on canvas

Lone Pine is a painting of a Connecticut marsh at dusk, but it is not about trees or landscapes or setting suns. The finger of land that darts from the right side reaches for the pine, and the pine, the pieces of light, and the middle ground elude him. All movement is towards the left, extending just ahead of the reach of the finger; even the pine, massive and inflexible, cranks his head away. Because the longing of the little land mass has made too much of the pine, the tree is threateningly engorged and the landscape burdened.

Topics: Arts

Amanda Johnson is a student of philosophy and art and teaches Harmony: an Introduction to Seeing Art in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2008 she authored a methodology for educating artistic literacy that follows student cognitive development and the progressions of the ancient Trivium. At 21 she is the youngest member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society and has exhibited with both TnWS and the West Tennessee Watercolor Society. Her work can be seen in private collections and in the collection of Westminster Academy in Memphis.