This new painting, Raindance, is a 16″ by 20″ canvas at the West End Gallery as part of the Home+Land show now hanging there. As I finished this piece I was keenly aware of the drought taking place in California and other parts of the American west. It has resulted in dozens of wildfires throughout California, destroying homes and wildlife habitats as it furies along. Rain can’t come soon enough for that part of the country.
In this painting the Red Tree seemed to be in the midst of some sort of beseeching, twisting and extending its limbs upward. I saw it as a rain dance of sorts, begging the dark skies above to release the rain and feed the hills and valleys below. The skies here have an ominous warmth that gives the distant hills a pale yellow hue and the yellow semi-circle in the foreground that supports the Red Tree acts as a sun symbol.
Let’s hope that this rain dance achieves its desired effect…