The ox is slow,
but the earth is patient.
-- attributed to Confucius
Following in the footsteps of Light's Return, I've done two new Nocturnes. And like the former they both were done from images that come to me and hang around until I paint them. Persistent little guys, they are, waiting for me to get back to the drawing table after the holidays. Sometimes MUCH longer. (Reminds me of the quote: "The ox is slow, but the earth is patient.") Usually I do landscapes from my photos or occasionally en plain air, but not here. Most of my work is also usually linear oriented, but these scenes at twilight call for a more value based approach, with a less direct approach and more glazing, scumbling and rubbing out. While posting, I just noticed the triangular theme of both paintings. The ascending triangle in Tree reaching to the heavens, and the the descending triangle in Light is the response from above. Lord knows we could use more guiding and healing light in these dark and turbulent times...
Little Christmas Tree at Dusk 6x6 Acrylic on Gessoboard
Light in a Dark Wood 6x6 Acrylic on Canvas board