Do you see designs or patterns of light and dark when you close your eyes to sleep?
I do. Not always but often enough that they fascinate and intrigue me. That’s what happened last night. I saw a wedge of light against dark indigo in the upper left of my field of vision. If you can have such a thing with your eyes closed!
And that image was the beginning of this piece. My plan was to replicate what I’d seen the night before but you know how it goes – those memories fade fast with sleep. And so when I started painting, I realized that capturing what I thought I’d seen was not as important as responding to the paint as I laid it down. I didn’t plan to add in the gold but that indigo really was screaming for it!
This is oil and a bit of cold wax laid down on Arches Oil paper. The paper has a single coat of Rublev Lead Alkyd Ground.