This surreal landscape painting is the first in what I see as a series of images dealing with portals. These doorways might be entries to the Underworld, to the world of spirits, to other places, or to the past. I was inspired to paint them by looking at photos of slot canyons (although as you can see, this looks nothing like a slot canyon). In rendering what I imagined, I did everything I could to make use of my own language, to depict what I felt was there instead of what might materially have been there. I've long been fascinated by the patterns of wear in old shells and bones and incorporated shapes inspired by them here, but I also included fleshy and plant-like forms in the waves of the water, for instance. The energy lace above and around the portal was inspired by images of plant stems as seen under a microscope. I enjoy bouncing off natural patterns in my paintings. This particular portal, in the east, is of awakening in all its forms, be it an awakening to consciousness, a journey from the mundane to the spirit world (awakening to spirit), or the awakening of intuition or vision.
In terms of technique, this is a new palette for me, centered around ultramarine blue (more of a daytime color, in my opinion) instead of anthraquinone blue (more of a night or ocean blue).
The giclee prints are on 100% cotton archival fine art paper, colors are matched to the original by the artist, and they are signed on the back. The original acrylic painting is 18 x 24"/46 x 61cm on a cradled wood panel with a 1.5" profile, ready to hang (no frame is necessary, but you can still frame it if you want in a "floater" frame or any frame with a 1.5" "rabbet").