This photo was taken in the living room of friends who have an eclectic and interesting art collection. It was of a small antique painting of a copse of trees, framed under glass. The glass, in particular over the darker areas of the painting, reflected the bright side window and other parts of the room. The framed and matted artwork appearing in the tops of the trees are reflected from across the room, and set up a wonderful juxtaposition of form and meaning on several satisfying levels.
Pastel 16" X 12"
This pastel painting just won First Prize in a Capital Hill Art League juried show, and the prize is a solo show in July!
Coolest prize ever.
The source image was a photo of an antique watercolor hanging in the octagonal dining room of a friend, which was reflecting a window, the sunlight falling across the room, and more art on the other side. Art reflecting art!
The multiple levels of reality and space, and the multiple periods of time intrigued me, plus the colors were inviting.
A note about the color in the photographs:
The steps were photographed with my old iPhone4, which pumped up the colors and shifted them towards blue. The finished work was scanned directly, so it has the more acurate colors.
I used a variety of pastel brands both hard and soft, but the big deep red is one that I made.