This conceptual piece is about our days lengthening. At first, I thought it was literally about the days getting longer as spring approaches, but while I was painting, I came to see that it is also about “lengthening our days” in the longevity sense.
There is this bit in the Bible, “If thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. (I Kings 3:14) And this bit from a favorite hymn, “Thy days shall mercy lengthen.”
It felt good in winter to paint in a higher “key,” with the balance of the values tipping decidedly toward the light rather than the dark. This painting is done in pastel, and measures 20″ x 28.” See the entire work above, and close-up details of it below.
What do you think?