Winter: Skating Foo Lake
Egg tempera on gesso panel, 18 x 18
Living in coastal New Jersey, I enjoy the rich tableau of flora and fauna offered by the four very distinct seasons. This winter scene is the seconed in a series depicting the four seasons. It looks back to the years of fun we had skating on a small lake near my house. After school, we'd drop our books, grab our skates and head for Foo Lake (known to outsiders as Poricy Pond). Located in Middletown, just north of Red Bank, the pond fed a small creek that ran into the Navesink River. In those days, kids learned to play hockey and other games outdoors with little or no adult supervision. In the 21st century, these waters rarely freeze well enough for skating.