After painting small and more stylistically representational recently, I was itching to go larger and more abstract. The weather was fine over the weekend, and warm enough for me to return to my easel set up on the side driveway. It was a delight to be out. With the practice and phone unusually quiet, maybe with everyone else happily outside too, these two paintings are the result of two full days of intense release.
Above find Igniting Orbs of Hope, which is 22″x30″ and done in pastel.
I’ve been listening to a book on the divergent opinions on how to avoid the end of the world when population explosion exceeds the carrying capacity of the earth. (It will be another couple weeks before I finish it and review it.) The painting catches my simplistic, middle of the road solution, based on joy, respect, mindfulness, and inspiration. I chose beatnik colors to emphasize the idealism expressed. The result is a happy, if not naive painting.
The painting below is titled Dark Matter, which is also 22″x30″ and done in pastel.
I have often thought what the physicists are terming “dark matter,” is an unfortunate euphemism for what I think of as God. I did some experimental layering here that I find rather exciting, and utilized a limited split compliment color palette, to catch here more of their concept than mine.
Which one do you prefer?