“Every Moment of Light and Dark is a Miracle.” ~ Walt Whitman
Light and Dark is a recent commissioned oil painting that I created after observing an animation of light and shadow.
I am so often moved by being outdoors, that I cannot do much more than sit quietly and bathe in my surroundings. Many times I simply take quick notes. I memorize the colors, jot down comments on hue and form, then return to my studio to create looser encaustic paintings. On a recent trip, these notations were captured in the form of small black and white drawings and a few sketch paintings. I was in the process of writing notes on my sketches for new pieces, when I was inspired by what fell on my page.
In the moment of reliving the mood of my visit, a splattering of light dancing on my sketch pad pulled my thoughts in another direction. This is not surprising, as I have always been easily distracted. I was intrigued and somewhat hypnotized by these lively orbs. For years, circular patterns have been begging me to take notice, so I took this as a “sign”; and I began letting my heart guide my hand. As I painted, the repetitive movement was definitely comforting and felt completely natural. I liked the idea that the circle suggests infinity and that the organic shapes were akin to morphing cells. My paintings have become patterns of lit entities in a seemingly infinite space, and my visions have become more animated and surreal. I imagine these images as a prelude to a dream.
This became the beginning of my new series; another adventure in my artistic journey.