Original: oil on canvas, 48 inches in diameter; © Lee Robinsong 1984
“Worlds in Balance” is a painting about my home. It was painted in 1984 from a beach cottage on southern Cortes Island where I lived for six years, attuning to the tides, the winds and the skies.
The picture evokes the wind and the damp days of late February on our wild coast. It’s a painting about the morning after a night-long, high-tide storm, when the wind and the ocean pound boom logs and driftwood into a new landscape right outside your door. When you wake up in the morning, the ocean’s still lumpy and the breeze is still there, but the sky’s starting to clear and you think to yourself, “everything’s right with the world”.
The painting’s about looking up and out and down and into. The landscape suspended in the centre of the sky is a positive image of the landscape that holds it on the outside. The outer larger landscape is a negative image of the centre. The positive and the negative images and the world are in balance.