Once in painting class I was asked, “why did you pick that canvas?” What, you mean the one without paint on it? No, she wanted to know why I painted on a rectangle. Do paintings need four corners? When painting something as massive as an endless ocean, how do you select the size and shape? So far, I have painted mostly rectangular paintings, but the size and scale can make or break a composition. The painting above is only 10 x 20″, but has quite an impact from the color and well, not crowding too much into the composition. I have the quiet, meditative mood I was going for without a huge size.
Outer Banks Corolla Beach, 10 x 20″, Oil on canvas
Morning Star- Oil on Canvas 10 x 20″
Sometimes the loss is great..so is the love. Look in the top left, you will see the Morning Star. There you are. (click on the image for a bigger view)
With that, I give you the words of Tolkien, in a beautiful poem:
Day is ended, dim my eyes,
but journey long before me lies.
Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
The ship’s beside the stony wall.
Foam is white and waves are grey;
beyond the sunset leads my way.
Foam is salt, the wind is free;
I hear the rising of the Sea.
Farewell, friends! The sails are set,
the wind is east, the moorings fret.
Shadows long before me lie,
beneath the ever-bending sky,
but islands lie behind the Sun
that I shall raise ere all is done;
lands there are to west of West,
where night is quiet and sleep is rest.
Guided by the Lonely Star,
beyond the utmost harbour-bar,
I’ll find the heavens fair and free,
and beaches of the Starlit Sea.
Ship, my ship! I seek the West,
and fields and mountains ever blest.
Farewell to Middle-earth at last.
I see the Star above my mast!