Last Fall I finished an oil painting that will be exhibited for the first time at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center beginning Friday May 16th from 6-8pm.
The painting is entitled “Paper Wish Lanterns” and it was inspired by Aim’s Light the Night event – Sky Lights of Love. This event was organized as a fund raiser and spirit raiser for our dear friend. It was a magical night…To see Aim, her family, and all her supporting friends at the park…helping to bring forth hope and light out of darkness. To see everyone helping each other open, hold, ignite and release the fragile paper lanterns. To see the individual glowing orbs slowly lift from the hands of those who loved Aim. To watch them float soundless up into the heavens…It was inspiring.
I remember seeing how the beautiful soft glow reflected and echoed on the faces of all who participated. We created a trail of lights that started from the ground and traversed the night in a sweeping motion up to the heavens. Each lantern carried the precious cargo of loving wishes for our friend (and even others that we wished to celebrate, remember and pay tribute to).
It was as though we were placing or casting stars into the sky. As the lanterns rose and moved off, they began to intermingle and eventually become indistinguishable from the stars.All the magic, hope, love, and solemn beauty of that evening inspired me to compose and create my painting.
It is done using an old master technique called Venetian painting. This is a very time intensive process in which you paint the entire painting several times over in different layers…building from contour drawing to monochrome to local color to final luminous color. It took me 5 months to complete working full time in the studio. It measures 6 feet by 4 feet.
I invite everyone to come out to the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center to enjoy this piece in person. It is just one piece in the larger Michigan Fine Arts Exhibition. Works from many artists in Michigan and neighboring states will be on display. The opening reception is Friday, May 16th from 6-8pm and is free and open to the public. The exhibit will continue to run until July 11th.
Thank you for allowing me to share this piece which is very important and meaningful to me with all of you.