Lighting Up Time Oils on canvas board 6 x 6 inches
Sparks are flying in this study. Flashes of paint are my gestural marks to represent reflections on water and sand. The dark colours of the mud banks give a solid base to the work adding some weight.
I painted 'Lighting Up Time' before my previous post of 'Restful Evening' and have the same group of colours in both. I put this one aside to dry and forgot about it until now. Looking at the two paintings it is clear that even with a similar scene, the same painter and the same colour palette, the results are totally different. One is calm and restful, the other less so....
I have a theory that emotion, and my feelings on the day must play a part. Some days I have more 'gesture' in my paint handling and this shows in 'Lighting Up Time'.
I don't worry about this at all...I like variety and it is one of the reasons for returning to some of my old photos or paintings to 're-visit'. It is part of my painting journey and a valuable exercise in paint handling and growth. I never wish to make a copy and become a slave to my work. I let my painting evolve during the process and take on its own identity.
A little journey beyond reality and I enjoyed myself.