Halcyon Days, acrylic, 18 x 36, by Elizabeth W. Seaver
I was having a hard time coming up with a title for this one. As I ruminated (great word!) the word halcyon floated up from the depths, and I knew right away that that was exactly the feeling I was trying to capture in the painting.
According to Webster's New World College Dictionary, halcyon, used as a noun, means kingfisher, especially a legendary bird, identified with the kingfisher, which is supposed to have a peaceful, calming effect on the sea at the time of the winter solstice. Bird, sea, winter (in the form of a big scoop of ice cream!) all seemed appropriate images. Then it can mean any of a genus of kingfishers of S. Asia and Australia. Kingfishers rock. And then the last meaning spoke directly to the meaning of the phrase halcyon days. It reads tranquil, happy, idyllic, usually with nostalgic reference to earlier days.
I remember blistering hot sun which made even the salty, bathtub warm Gulf Coast waters cool on my skin, and then, cold, sweet ice cream--the cherry on top of a day at the beach.