04 April 2021

castles burning at dusk

                                                                             INL      

Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 2 April, 2021, oil on canvas      board, 30 X 25 cm

These three came easily the other night to my surprise. It was a big sky full of clouds looking like castles, many of which were on fire. A sky I dread. But I set up and waited for most of the fires to go out as the sun dropped in the horizon behind me to the west. 

"All this melodrama going on in the sky! You would think that JESUS was arriving on a chariot for Easter!"

I thought this as I set up and gently stepped into the first study (above). The clouds will often dissipate as twilight sets in and the sharp edges of everything soften leaving puddles of colour. By then, I know I am in and my worries have left. The second study didn't photograph well at all. It is much nicer in real life, but this is rare, it's usually the reverse.

                                                                      SSW 

    Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 2 April, 2021, oil on canvas         board, 30 X 25 cm

By the time I pick up a third canvas board (a smaller one) the sky is a gentle giant and it allows me free rein to do as I please with it, and by this time I feel at ease and wished I could keep going but for the falling night. 

If I have any reproach it is that they are studies which harken back to the past. 

It is what it is though because I cannot control what goes on out there. I just set up and try to find a way into a painting, any painting. They come as they do, and I am grateful for their truth.

HMG
Evening Prayer Brunswick Heads, 2 April, 2021, oil on canvas      board, 25 X 20 cm


1 comment:

  1. The third study looks almost like an old photo... water is so precisely portrayed

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