Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Show of Color

"Oil Plant #6 (Two Stacks)"   SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
6" x 6" (15.24cm x 15.24cm)

This is the fourth of my paintings from the 6" Squared Show, December 4th-23rd, Randy Higbee Gallery.

My Oil Plant series. Here a close-up. The sense of scale in industrial images is not always evident. The two stacks are huge, prominently standing at least 7 or 8 feet tall. Years of service, then years of weather have left them multicolored, glazed in rusty orange and dark chocolate, iced in white, heat tempered in blue, in stark contrast to the more somber wooden structure.

I'm not sure if they were originally painted white or if it is oxidation, but either way all the process' metal goes through, producing bursts of color upon color, is spectacular. The roof too is alive... it's amazing the range of hues found on old metal.

It is usually mother nature who gets credit for such splendor... sometimes we forget to look elsewhere. Dormant while still putting on a show in color.90

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