TM8899 Gilded Blue I Love You Too 7×7 oil on paper
TM8898 Oh Joy in the Morning 7×7 oil on paper
A while back I wrote of the difficulties of working with yellow: its narrow value range and high key make it the trickster of colors. And yet it is powerful, and a necessary ingredient when painting autumn.
This week I tried two more paintings in which yellow is quite dominant. Both Gilded Blue I Love You Too and Oh Joy in the Morning are about the pleasures of a brisk morning in October. Gilded Blue... has a touch of icy sheen on the sky blue reflections and the geometric shards of reflections also speak to the effects of a cold night followed by a quickly warming morning. Oh Joy in the Morning is just that – an ode to being alive and in a place I love, the woods on an October morning. The trees are brilliantly lemon yellow, yellow green, and golden. They seem to be singing – hardly a dark or deep note to be seen (except a shadowy sliver of reflection). Both paintings rely on a balance of warm and cold color, plus neutrals, to achieve harmony. Oddly, when the painting is in harmony, the painter feels harmony too. Enjoy.
TM8888 To Tender Trees and Golden Leaves 7×7 oil on paper
As leaves fall, one can really see tree anatomy. The delicacy of crisscrossing branches and calligraphy of reflected tree trunks creates a subtle grid pattern in the pond’s mirrored surface. Late in the day, the colors are muted, as if filtered through a soft gray lens of memory. And yet a few yellow leaves cling, for a while. I thank them.
TM8699 Lily Pond 18 x 30 oil on panel
The feeling of transience when one looks into the water surrounding a lily is one subject of Lily Pond. I began it last winter, then set it aside because it was hard to remember the mood of summer when the pond was decidedly iced over. With the return of lily pads this week, and days of rain, I resumed work on the painting. The toned down palette shows the effect of overcast days, while the actual lilies were influenced by my hopeful feelings for spring and the way it can unfold so gently. Details below. Enjoy.
TM8699 Lily Pond – close-up of center lily
TM8699 Lily Pond – detail from upper right with lily and reflection
TM8699 Lily Pond – close-up from left side
TM8314 Reflection Nebula #1 24×18 oil on panel
Ok, maybe it’s not the first nebula ever, and it definitely won’t be the last, but it is my first 24×18″ reflection nebula, and you are invited to float on by for a visit. Bands of dust and gas are partially obscuring some of the stars, and reflecting light from others, much like the clouds we see in our own atmosphere. Below is an enlarged detail from the top of the painting. Enjoy!
TM8314 Reflection Nebula #1 – detail from upper left center
TM8313 Orchid Nebula 24×18 oil on panel
Is it a reflection nebula? or an orchid? Forms follow the laws of physics, whether on earth or beyond our atmosphere. Looking at some of the Hubble photographs, a familiar subject can suddenly appear . In this case, the gases thrown off by a new white dwarf star seem to describe the form and color of an orchid. Enjoy!
TM8313 Orchid Nebula – detail from center left
TM8313 Orchid Nebula – detail from upper right
TM8311 Among the Lessor Gods 36×36 oil on panel
So many of the early constellations were named for, or inspired thoughts of, the deities. Mulling over that idea, I couldn’t help but wonder which gods were missed? or forgotten? and where were they? I considered that they might be hidden behind a reflection nebula, and that if I could look around the edge I might just find them. It worked! An entire arc of lessor gods twinkling their little hearts out. Enjoy!
TM8311 Among the Lessor Gods (detail form right side)
TM8310 Origins 36×36 oil on panel
Origins, it might mean where we come from, or refer to our brain formulating an idea, or maybe the way our imagination can enable both fact and fantasy – that glimpse of the possible that so excites us. With this painting, I am exploring all of the above. We are part of the cosmos, our universal home, and we are looking at stars, organizing them in a very human way. On the left side of the painting, I’ve included a graphic representation of synapse connections – the origin of imaginative thought (and an interesting visual parallel to the constellations).
TM8310 Origins (detail from top center)
TM8310 Origins (detail from middle left showing synapse chart)
TM8310 Origins (detail from lower right showing constellations)