Title: OCEAN OF LOVE, Medium: Oil on Canvas, Size: 26 x 22 Inches, Unframed
The first painting I created while the Pacific ocean was visible and audible from the back door of my home was this beautiful pink rose. With an abundance of flowers and fruiting trees, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and presence of nature where I lived then, in Laguna Beach, California. I called it Ocean Of Love because while I painted it I experienced a high transcendent state of love, which to me was surely as big as the Pacific Ocean and as beautiful as only a rose could be. This painting conveys the rising and falling movement of waves through its rose petals and the warm colors are reminiscent of the spectacular sunsets I frequently enjoyed. To add to my experience of creating this piece, it began on my back patio amidst 50-foot tall birds of paradise the like of which I had never seen before. The painting began as a simple sketch which quickly moved to canvas. The entire surface of this painting has been painstakingly reworked numerous times to capture the subtle nuances of color and light I both imagined and also saw with my earthly eyes. Ocean of Love successfully brings the beauty of the archetypal rose together with the grandeur of sunsets on the Pacific ocean.
Of interest: Oil paint and its various mediums offer a unique set of creative possibilities can't be compared with anything else. What I love about working in oil is the refractive index that can occur between layers. Glazing allows me to create deeply lustrous images that seem to glow, much like the subjects that are my inspiration. Light is caught and reflected back outward through translucent and glass-like layers giving works of art a deeply dimensional and lustrous effect.
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