Moon Shadow

A superstorm blew into Park City, Utah on February 18th, 2016. The temperature dropped twenty degrees in five minutes when the storm overtook our town. I was so captivated by the drama happening in the sky, I pulled my car over to the side of the road and took pictures of the event. I have worked a whole series of paintings around that event, experimenting with the clouds, developing my techniques, exposing the reflective silver of the panels by scraping, buffing, and simply leaving it as negative space. My work is difficult to capture in a photograph as the reflective light quality is lost in the transition to a digital format.  The best way to experience my paintings is to visit the Summit Gallery or the gallery wall at Oohs and Aah’s in Park City, Utah to see my original works.

I used different sizes of brayers to lay down the initial indigo and abstract the mountains and roadside. The area in the upper right is sanded with steel wool to let the silver reflection show through, bringing reflective light as opposed to the clouds which are painted, splattered and dripped into place. I felt like it needed some small shots of color and added the fuchsia to compliment the blues.
Moon Shadow, oil on a brushed aluminum panel, 51″ x 51″, Sold

I love to watch the play of moonlight on the snow at night. Living in the mountains, we have an abundance of snow and the opportunities to feel this midnight magic abound.

One of the challenges of working in a large format is getting the paint on the panel quickly as I like to work wet on wet.  I started this one with a brayer, (a hard rubber roller used in printmaking), instead of a brush to roll the paint on and define the road and landscape.  When applied on the smooth metal surface, the paint can be rolled out super thin or built up in layers with interesting patterns. There will definitely be more fun with translucent layers to come.

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