New Landscape Painting! October Light, 20x24, acrylic on linen
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This is based on the field study I did last week at Lords Creek Farm in Old Lyme, CT. I also did some compositional sketches re-arranging things before beginning this large studio painting.
The real subject here is poetic light, sublime and evocative which transforms the landscape into something that points our thoughts in a spiritual direction.
The glowing light in this is created by carefully controlling values and many, many successive layers of glazes.
Autumn is a time for remembering our ancestors, in both ancient celtic cultures and in the Christian year. We end this month with All Hallows Eve (Hallowen) and begin November with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
Oak trees have always commanded a certain sense of awer and wonder and figure prominently in folklore and religion. The oak trees at Lords Creek Farm, caught my interest and sparked my imagination. Here's a bit of folklore about these marvelous trees:
St. Columba was said to have had a fondness and respect for oak trees and to have been reluctant to fell them, though his early chapel on Iona was constructed of oak from the nearby Mull oakwoods. St. Brendan was divinely inspired to use oak boards instead of traditional hides to cover his coracle, which legend says may have carried him to the New World some thousand years before Columbus.