Friday, June 30, 2017
The Twilight Enchantment
An original acrylic painting, on gesso primed masonite
15 X 17", unframed
$600.00, ( plus $25.00, pack and ship )
( click on image to enlarge )
There is no more graceful image in all of nature than that of a mute swan, gliding
effortlessly across the still surface of a lake, during a perfectly silent, evening sunset.
That quiet interval of tranquility, as the diurnal world prepares for sleep, and the
nocturnal world begins to awaken, can be trans-formative for appreciative observers.
This painting was an attempt to capture a feeling of that magical wonder, as the
glowing, red ember of the sun is just dropping below the horizon, but is still casting
its final, fading rays.
I was somewhat reluctant to post the photo of this painting, because it is not
accurate enough to give viewers the full sense of the painting. Digital photography
of paintings, which have a high degree of contrast between a very light subject,
and a dark background, are particularly difficult. The light, subject matter often
turns into a formless, white blob, and the dark values become washed-out and
In this instance, the photo failed to capture all of the feathery detail of the
swan, as well as missing the full depth and richness of the darker passages.
However, perhaps the photo does at least, convey a feeling of the original image.