Last week I was visiting the NH Art Association Levy Gallery on State Street in Portsmouth and walked down to the waterfront to check out the progress on the deconstruction of the Memorial Bridge built in 1923. I was treated to a gorgeous view with late afternoon light perfectly illuminating a variety of metal surfaces. The round flower-like shapes of the fly-wheels–I’m guessing at what these are actual called–were not something I have seen before. Certainly not that big. Note the scale of the worker walking past the middle wheel. The busy collection of shapes could give one pause at even thinking this would be inspiration for a painting– industrial sized wheels and tools, the rusted metals, sunbleached greens of bridge iron, accent color orange of the life ring in the foreground. But as usual the challenge is in what elements any artist would choose to edit out or more importantly edit in. Either way you look at it, a scene like this has numerous possibilities. And the abstract elements of angles and curved shapes are calling out to me.