• additional view of artwork by Sarah Gilbert Fox
  • additional view of artwork by Sarah Gilbert Fox
  • additional view of artwork by Sarah Gilbert Fox
  • additional view of artwork by Sarah Gilbert Fox

Safe Harbour

United States

Size: 36 H x 48 W x 1.5 in

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Originally listed for $4,270

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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.

Poet Emily Dickinson wrote “There’s a certain slant of light, Winter’s afternoon…” and, well, I’ve always loved that line. However, I tend to promptly forget the following lines, because I don’t really want to think about how that certain slant of light “oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes.”

One day I was painting one of my first abstracts, not having a clue what I was doing. Most of the time I don’t have a clue what I’m doing. And when I feel completely out of control and need to find inner peace, I call my brother, Micah. When he’s not home, I think back to the time he and I walked the Dumyat Hill near the Sheriffmuir Road (where Monty Python and the Holy Grail filmed the battle of the Aaarrrggghhh). We searched for sheep and the ever, elusive true cairns (not made by tourists), and I listen to Micah’s song, Safe Harbour. His lyrics fill out the rest of the Dickinson poem in my head – the way I want. I still don’t know what I’m doing. But the calm washes over me and gives me safe harbor.

To hear the song, please visit http://sarahgilbertfox.com/abstract-painting-safe-harbour


More about my process:

My go-to paint brands are predominately Golden and Liquitex. Sometimes Utrecht, Blick and Sennelier creep in there, too. The brushes used are whatever is hanging around not covered in paint.

I also use a lot of cotton cloths to blend the paint around.
Oh, yes, and my trusty spatula knife.

Almost all of my paintings are finished off with my own painting-framing technique, which allows the paintings to be hung without frames. The process is organic, with me putting a lot of Payne's gray in the palm of my hands, and then palming the color around the sides of the painting - bleeding over the edge a bit - so the sides of the painting are black. Payne's gray was the first paint I used to do this, and it's sort of a good luck thing. I like to think that the luck is passed onto whomever is looking at the paintings. The buyers who have decided to have my work frame, tend to use floating frames.

I'm a published novelist. I've written 4 novels (translated into 14 languages). But I love painting more. (Between January and April of 2017, I have painted over 75 paintings - large and small). My novels were deemed funny and people wrote that my stories brought them great pleasure and happiness. I hope that my paintings will do the same.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


To read more about the inspiration for some of my paintings (new stories are added often), please visit my online gallery at:


Keywords: Original Abstract Art, Contemporary Abstract Art, Minimalism Abstract, Emerging Artist, Colorway Jade Lavender, Abstract Fine Abstract Art

Subjects: Abstract

Styles: Abstract, Fine Art

Mediums: Acrylic

Materials: Canvas

Prints: Abstract Art Prints, Abstract Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Acrylic Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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