Sunlight and Shade

TM8464 Sunlight and Shade 32x32 oil on panel

TM8464 Sunlight and Shade 32×32 oil on panel

From the first time I visited the pond, the abstract effects of sunlight and shadow on the water’s surface have seemed magical. The striped, blue shadows from tree trunks, intersecting with the reflections of distant trees, sets up a skewed grid in two dimensions. Fallen leaves serve to reinforce both the sense of time and the flat plain of the pond’s surface, while breaks in the duckweed allow us to see some of the darker reaches under the surface. Ultimately, the painting is about transience – the passing of time, weather, seasons, and our own thoughts. Detail below. Enjoy!

TM8464 Sunlight and Shade - detail showing layers, scraping, spatter, falling leaf and reflections

TM8464 Sunlight and Shade – detail showing layers, scraping, spatter, falling leaf and reflections

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