Ritual in the Woods
This dark impressionist landscape painting represents a ritual taking place in a wood at night. The viewer can't see the ritual itself. On the material level, only the flames of a ritual fire and sparks that float up from it are visible as evidence of the ritual, but on another plant we can see the energy floating through the landscape that is available for powering ritual or acting as a ritual transmitter. In the painting, it floats above the trees as a fiery red energy.
This painting is the first time I use made use of much texture. I pretty much always paint very flat, but I have been wanting to venture into texture and also to find other ways to communicate in art than using lines. I deliberately did not use any lines in this painting but only shapes formed by color. I found it liberating. So in a sense, this painting, which depicts a ritual, had a ritual purpose for me in terms of freeing me from being so linear in my painting. I also deviated from my usual palette here, using pyrrole red light for the clouds. The other pigments are my standard anthraquinone blue, raw umber, and yellow ochre.
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 12 x 24"/30 x 61cm on a cradled wood panel with a traditional .75"/2cm profile has been sold.