|Light in the Forest, oil on canvas 40 x 30 inches|
Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM $6400 framed
I went through a couple of permutations with this oil, including a discarded version. Starting on a new canvas the second time, the focus became the color red with an eye toward simplicity.
This composition is essentially 3 bands of color with a lot of moves to keep things interesting. About a third of the way into the creation of this oil, the yellows in the center began to take on a life of their own. It would be simple and perhaps even more dramatic to increase the amount of yellow in the background, but the painting seems to project something mysterious with the unnatural, yellow glow emerging from the forest.
The leaf colors are saturated, unusual hues intentionally placed to add a random pattern and to further accelerate the effect of the reds.
The painting has a nice presence and it contains an interesting mystery unsolved.