Carole Bolsey: New Paintings/New Waterfields On view through June 3 at Cross MacKenzie Gallery, 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-7970. www.crossmackenzie.com.
There’s a lot of water in Carole Bolsey’s “New Paintings/New Waterfields” at Cross MacKenzie Gallery, and very little of it is blue. The Massachusetts artist (who once lived in a Maryland house dubbed Waterfields) depicts the gentle action of ripples and currents, which correspond to the movements of her brush. Even more important are the reflective qualities of a watery surface, which can borrow the greens of nearby land or the orange of a sunrise. Capturing the moment before such hues arrive, “Dawn/Wooden Boat” is mostly silvery gray.
Many of Bolsey’s paintings include rowboats, sometimes in great detail but more often as elemental shapes in the manner of the barns that occasionally punctuate her landscapes. Interestingly, the humble crafts generally bob near the top of the composition, drawing the eye upward. That suggests the artist is just as interested in sky as in water, even if the former appears mostly as a mirrored image.
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