Thursday, February 16, 2012

Beautiful, Glowing "Oak Glory" Nature Semi-Abstract Original Acrylic Triptych

Finally completed, the "Oak Glory" triptych! Three 12" x 12" original acrylic paintings.

There's a reason why I only do a series of paintings, a triptych like this, once a year. That's because it's a heck of a lot of work. It's one thing to do a single painting. You just have to concern yourself with balancing the painting unto itself. When you do a series like this, the final painting is usually different than the beginning one and in order for the series to hang together properly you have to go back into the other two paintings and make sure they are at the same level as the last painting. And, after you paint the first one, you are continually looking to it as you work on the other two. You get to create, but it has to be disciplined. So after at least 80 hours I was done! 

Shown from the gold panel to green, right to left.

However, the results are fantastic - glowing, illuminating. I used translucent, transparent, opaque and iridescent acrylics so the colours shift and move as you walk around them. This creates the look of slow-burning gems that literally pop off the wall.

Shown green to gold, left (closest) to right.
The middle panel shows the transition from the vigorous growth of
green energy to the brilliance of fall.

These paintings symbolize the transition of energy that drives all of nature's growth but that energy is not lost when the leaves turn gold and fall, even though to our eye, they appear dead. It continues but in another form and I try to visually show that energy in light, shimmer and contrast. 

These paintings are beautiful and unique. I couldn't reproduce them again, as they are, if I tried. The textures, iridescence, patterns, colour and depth of luminosity are unreproducible. The edges are treated just like the face of the painting, the leaf printing, colours and textures continue. Even though this series is wired and ready to hang as is, I have dark brown wood floater frames on order for them and they are going to look fantastic in them! 

This series is truly beautiful, and you know what, I am not going to apologize for creating beautiful art. The beauty, luminosity, energy that animates all I am driven to honour and will continue to do just that in my work. It is art. It is fine art. It is serious art. And, it is hard work, and, I feel privileged to be able to do it.

Any nature lover, healing and/or wellness centre, yoga studio, home or office that wants to bring indoors the energy of nature, well, this is the series for you.

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