Tuesday, May 15, 2007

In Memory Of

5” x 7” (12.7cm x 17.8cm) acrylic on gessoed Masonite® unframed
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As you may have guessed this subject is based on the American Memorial Day theme, sometimes called Decoration Day, celebrated the last Monday of May. Everyone can name someone who is remembered on this day so you can fill in the name in the title of the painting.

In today’s world we usually send flowers or a card to remember someone, but in times past nobility or those who could afford to do so might commission a work of art such as a painting or sculpture to celebrate or remember someone. I thought it would be appropriate to do a painting to honor this kind of memory, once again returning to that long ago tradition.

Each painting can develop differently. In this case I’m working the painting from top to bottom rather than all over at once. And this one is painted on a white gesso background rather than a colored ground. You can see this method in a number of contemporary artists. One that comes to mind is the work of Neil Welliver who generally worked his paintings from top to bottom.

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1 comment:

Jelaine Faunce said...

This is stunning. The subject is sentimental, the colors brilliant. I wish I could do this with acrylic! Lovely piece. :o)