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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Riparian Lifestyle with Patrick Reid O'Brien

To live a riparian lifestyle is different from what most people know, or even what most people think.  It means so much more than simply owning a home we open before Memorial Day, visit when we’re able, and close at the end of Labor Day.  It means more than giving each other cursory nods and waves when we see each other, as we do when at home in the city where we’re too busy or distracted to share in our neighbors’ lives.  And it certainly means more than arranging hour-long play dates for our children who are under our ever-watchful eyes.  We’re part of a special and unique community of folks who, upon pulling into town, leave our weekday cares behind us and let the magic of the lake work its wonders.

There’s a sense of eager anticipation each time we depart for our lake house, and a sense of tranquility when we arrive.  Instead of looking at pulling weeds and cleaning gutters as chores, we do so with a sense that we’re taking care of something we cherish.  We flash each other genuine and warm smiles when we encounter each other at the local grocery while stocking up on the weekend’s provisions, and often a handshake leads to an invitation to share in a meal.  (Sometimes this even results in an extra set of hands to help us prep the lake house for the season.)  And how many of us recall childhood summers at the lake learning how to swim and how to pilot a boat; catching fire flies and making s’mores; and that summer where you first held hands with someone and developed your first crush?

When I first came upon award-winning artist Patrick Reid O’Brien I knew he would fit into our lake house community.  His spectacular body of work includes images from throughout the world, and he’s particularly adept at capturing the serene nostalgia of the lake house lifestyle.  Patrick employs Fractal Media and acrylic paint to create scenes that evoke memories everyone familiar with a riparian lifestyle can share.  In the piece “The Moment I see The Lake (All My Worries Float Away)” we see that instance just before everyone hops aboard for the day’s first water ski; “Welcome to Paradise” provides a glimpse of the evening sun splashing across the lake as the last sail boats on the water head home and you prepare to unwind and bask in the view; and you can see in “Summer Days At The Lake” your children (or even yourself at a younger age) preparing to cast off for a wonderful evening sail.

Patrick creates timeless vignettes of life on the lake by blending scenes we all hold in common with an understanding of color and light that those of us who share in our riparian lifestyle can all recall.  I display his work in my own lake house and I am proud to be able to offer his work to you.  Please visit http://lakehouselifestyle.com/new-products.html to view his newest offerings.

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