Saturday, June 27, 2015

In the Afternoon Light, 6" x 8", oil

(This piece is in a private collection in Burien, Washington)

“How swiftly the strained honey
of afternoon light
flows into darkness

and the closed bud shrugs off
its special mystery
in order to break into blossom:

as if what exists, exists
so that it can be lostI 
and become precious”

With "In the Afternoon Light" I wanted to capture the glorious light that comes through the North window and onto my still life's objects. The glass takes on a life of its own and looks like it is filled with pieces of precious stones. (I have always been fascinated by those drops of light that glow like diamonds.) The colors of the fruit receive a warm glow when the light spreads to them, enriching everything it touches and giving the painting an inner life.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Morning Light, 6"x 6", oil

(This piece is in a private collection in Pearland, Texas)

"Colors change; in the morning light, red shines out bright and clear and the blues merge into their surroundings, melting into the greens; but by evening the reds loose their piquancy, embracing a quieter tone and shifting toward the blues in the rainbow.  Yellow flowers remain bright, and white ones become luminous, shining like ghostly figures against a darkening green background."
― Rosemary Verey, The Scented Garden, 1981

This painting was done mostly during the early hours of the morning. I liked the reflections of the light through the glass onto the table. The light doesn't reach far enough to bathe the apple as well and because of that it looks dark but rich in color. The painting was done in the alla prima technique.