Saturday, April 11, 2009

Flying Girl Is Blue Skies Through the Clouds, or That's How the Light Gets In

Flying Girl Is Blue Skies Through the Clouds, or That's How the Light Gets In
Golden Fluid Acrylics on Mokeskine Paper, 5x8"

Ring the bell that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
-Leonard Cohen
This Flying Girl is based on a couple, or three, inspirations. The first is my first Flying Girl of the series. Not my first ever, mind you... that was in college, but Yellow Sky, Strange Land. And then there is the totally optional theme of Color from Creative Everyday. The color scheme... a very limited on of Raw Umber and Pthalo Blue was inspired by Sarah at greenweeds. That's the combo she uses. My standard blue/brown combo was Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna. So I thought I would try the new one and see what happens. It makes for warm grays, doesn't it? And cool blues.

Once I painted it, I was looking at it, trying to make sense, and I noticed how the warm tone of the moleskine paper seeps through, and then the faint white birds painted there... well I just started singing the lines from the Leonard Cohen song posted above. And then it came together in my head.

I've been painting a lot of clouds lately, using a lot of gray... not that it's necessarily a bad thing. The rain comes, it brings needed water, it brings shade, it brings green things growing, even if we associate rain and clouds with gloom and sadness. Personally, I love a cool day. I love the way the clouds build up in the sky, in so many different ways. I love a storm coming and the wind blowing and the lightning flashing. I love a downpour on a hot day. I used to walk down the street in New York singing through the storm.

Like Lenny says, "that's how the light gets in."


oldmeghale said...

this girl is gorgeous. i love the colors and i am loving the leonard cohen lyrics with it. i am going to put her on my birthday wish list for sure.

Unknown said...

I've been painting a lot of clouds lately too. I got caught in a rainstorm today, went to a museum, and got my L'Amour Flying Girl in the mail today.

It is was amazing, down to the very last little word in the pouch to the red shoes on her feet!


Anonymous said...

I always thought color showed up brighter under a gray sky. I love the color of trees and flowers and brightly painted houses when dark storm clouds are overhead.

ConverseMomma said...

This one is gorgerous, the melt and fly of it speaks soft but strong. Beautiful!

paintandink said...

Love her: the colors, the title, the story. Love her completely.

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