Here’s a new painting, a 10″ by 20″ canvas, that I am calling Bluefire. I don’t know if the title refers to the blue sun rising over the distant ridge or if it refers to the hot contrast of the red tree to the predominately blue environment. It doesn’t really matter because the title feels right, feels at home in this painting. At least, it does this morning.
Bluefire also sounds like a gem of some sort and the color of this piece definitely has a gem-like quality, sapphire and topaz and tourmaline green. It feels as much like a jeweled object as it does a simple painting, which I like. I have spoken a number of times of the idea of the painting being viewed in multiple ways, as a pure object in itself as well as a representation of something emotion-based on its surface. This seems to fit this idea.
I also like the paradox of the warmth of this piece despite the blue overtone of the whole. Blue is often portrayed as a cool color but sometimes that doesn’t hold completely true. I think this is one good example of warmth in blue. And I think it’s this going against what is the norm that I like about Bluefire. The blues are warm and the sun is blue but it somehow doesn’t matter. It registers true to me and that is the test that counts.
Now, whether others see and accept it in those terms is another matter.