Eclipse Love

Here is “Eclipse Love.”

You may recognize this silhouetted couple from my earlier painting, “We Made It.” I loved the composition of shapes created by the way they are standing, so I decided to use them again.

Eclipse Love. 24" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Eclipse Love. 24″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The magical moment they are witnessing is a solar eclipse in progress. The moon almost obscures the sun, with only a gleaming crescent of the sun visible from behind.

The moon is a luminous lavender.

Paintings in Cedar Lee art studio. "Eclipse Love" on easel. Background: "Forest Nymph" (top), "Quest for Light" (bottom.)
Paintings in Cedar Lee art studio. “Eclipse Love” on easel. Background: “Forest Nymph” (top), “Quest for Light” (bottom.)

This painting is 24″ x 30″. You can get an idea of the scale when you see it here on the easel.

Detail: Eclipse Love. 24" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Detail: Eclipse Love. 24″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

A solar eclipse is an occurrence that, in real life, throws the world into darkness, but here, it is painted in brilliant colors. I’ve also made the sun and moon unnaturally large. Because of the “moon illusion,” when you see the moon down low near the horizon, it appears larger than a moon high in the sky. I’ve pushed this effect to the extreme for a dramatic visual experience.

Detail: Eclipse Love. 24" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Detail: Eclipse Love. 24″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

The couple is outlined in a sliver of electric blue light.

Eclipse Love. 24" x 30", Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
Eclipse Love. 24″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Depending on the weather where you are, you may be able to see a similarly gigantic full moon tonight, as the November 2016 Supermoon makes its appearance–the moon this week appears extraordinarily large and bright because not only is it a full moon, but it’s also at the point in the moon’s orbit at which the moon is closest to Earth!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.