The Root Dreams of Spring
I thought this surreal landscape painting was finished three times--first as a straight landscape, then with the root and a crown of frost, and fiinally with the energy lace above the root. The time of year of the background landscape is early spring, when the snow is melting but the ground is still frozen. Everything looks dead but plants are alive beneath the ground. I thought that was enough for this painting, but because I kept thinking about the root's spirit abiding in the Underworld until the warmth of spring resurrects it. That became the depiction of a root in this painting. The crown of frost, now barely visible, was meant to represent the still frozen ground that acts as a sort of ceiling to the plant. But the plant spirit in its root home dreams of the spring to come and projects this dream as a blueprint that it will make concrete when stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits appear later in the year. It is that moment, when the root is dreaming, that I wanted to depict here. Thus I created energy lace gleaming in white and very pale yellow.
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 canvas with a 1.5" profile and is in the collection of the artist.