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Sketches of a dream where I saw the darkness enter the light.
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The title and the painting itself may not be finished. I’ll be adding a thick layer of high gloss polymer to the surface, to enhance the shine of the piece. I wanted to make the stars glow in vivid white, so I used gesso on top of the oils and wax. The perspective diminished a bit with the addition of black. At one point, the idea turned from darkness entering a room and taking over the light, to the whole room falling away, letting space enter with spots of light.  The idea wasn’t really about darkness being evil, but that it is, I imagine, where every thought begins, a place of pure potential. When painting this scene, I have come to realize that  the task of making darkness enter light is impossible. Coincidently, it seems light always ends up consuming the darkness.  From the words of an anonymous Russian sage,”There are no resounding victories of the dark side.”

Adding just a few colors seemed to work to my eye, but somehow, I want even more colors to sparkle throughout the piece. I think this one needs to be looked up close. Here are some details.

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I’ve always thought that the details become pictures themselves, appearing as abstract paintings. Try this site, PURE ABSTRACT and see a new perspective to my artwork.

charcoal sketch on paper

oil sketch on canvas

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light green oil paint

darker shades of oils added

burnt umber on wall and branches

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larger white stones painted with gesso

clear wax brushed on stones and shadows added

more shading and highlighting

Final scene