Are you like me? Easily…enchanted by all things luminous.
This is our season!
Something is sparkling when I look out every window. White twinkle lights and colorful bulbs break the darkness of these December nights. I put up my Christmas tree this week and then just sat there staring. Looking into tiny flecks of light bouncing off ornaments and feeling wonderfully lazy!
Between my lazy gazing, I decided this would be the perfect painting to share with you in this season of light.
I started it in June. Way back when my poppies were in bloom and summer was breathing her first breaths.
Well, it really began in the Fall of 2016 while I stood on the edge of the “Rip Van Winkle” as it cruised over the Hudson River. Off in the distance, the hills pressed dark against the autumn sky. Before my eyes, the water turned to liquid mercury glistening in the setting sun.
An illusion formed from a star reaching out through the universe to touch a river. A river being stared at by me. Standing there, a stunned witness to the intense beauty of light. Thinking of the words Albert Einstein said that “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
I’m forever trying to be on the side of everything.
I’m also forever failing.
But there are moments!
Now, that I think of it I’d seen this once before. Also, from a boat. This one a ferry heading to Martha’s Vineyard at sunset. That was years ago, at a time when anything and everything seemed possible. So, maybe this painting really began there.
I needed to make this painting to hold those moments. To turn paint into the illusion of light. Tiny circles of color against the dark layers.
To reach back to stars in some human way. I suppose all paintings are a kind of reaching back. Saying “Hey universe, I’m staring at you!”
It doesn’t matter where it began.
It’s good that it’s ending here. On the edge of winter when darkness makes us remember the miracle of light.
Wishing you a Merry
Luminous Season of Light!
* “Luminous Miracle”, Oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″ – It is still drying but will be available for sale Spring of 2018