Monday, May 16, 2011
"Tree Nocturne (2 Figures, City View)" SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
5" x 4" (12.7cm x 10.16cm)
The nocturne... it's origin, mid 19th century French from Latin, nocturnus, meaning 'of the night'.
Like most from my Tree Nocturne series this is from my imagination and maybe distant memories.
Being more of a night owl I love the faint buzz of the nighttime air. As Ray Bradbury so perfectly described in one of his books... it's "... the gentle hiss of distance...". I could not say it any better than that. It is not quite silent, but you can't really hear it either. It's just there.
Although it dominates the composition the tree is not the main focus. The figures overlooking the city, silhouetted against the bright lights, command the attention, even if small.
I designed the foliage of the tree to radiate outward from the center and pushed the color saturation a bit to give the scene more life, that subdued energy of the suburb and urban setting.
This is what I had in mind for this painting as well as the other one under the same post heading 'Subdued Energy' here. 116
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*Update - previous post original value thumbnail here.