Lois Dodd – Catching the Light
Portland, Maine: Last evening was almost balmy, this morning, not so much and tomorrow here comes the snow, more of it back down in the Hudson Valley than up here right by the coast, if the forecast proves accurate.
The show’s title, Catching the Light, is a good description of her skill, or perhaps more accurately her very raison d’etre. But years of watching her at work, preparing to work, knocking off for the day and otherwise living the daily life of a painter have me firmly convinced that she wouldn’t be interested in catching it if it hadn’t caught her first.
I think of myself as someone quite attentive to light, aware of shifting shapes and colors, profoundly influenced every day by the amount and angle of sunshine, the endless interplay of clarity and cloud cover, the Kodacolor brilliance of late light under a dark layer of incipient rain.
Ha! All it takes is one casual remark from Lois- probably while we’re out on our daily walk – to show me, yet again, that I don’t know diddly. I’m learning, though. Maybe if we keep taking those walks for another 40 years or so, I’ll finally catch up with her in the catching light department.
But I doubt it.
Lois Dodd photographs by Bill Bakaitis