Corona. 24″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
The striking color palette is gold, rose, rust, brown and inky violet.
A corona (Latin, ‘crown’) is an aura of plasma that surrounds the sun and other stars. The Sun’s corona extends millions of kilometres into space and is most easily seen during a total solar eclipse, but it is also observable with a coronagraph. The word “corona” is a Latin word meaning “crown”, from the Ancient Greek κορώνη (korōnè, “garland, wreath”).
This painting shows the double meaning of “corona,” showing a solar eclipse positioned as a crown on a human head.
A gorgeous photo called “Eclipse Angel,” taken by photographer Dario Infini, inspired me by capturing a similar image.
I wanted a dancer with her hands thrown above her head. There being no more convenient model than myself, I snapped a photo of myself in my office. I printed out the photo at the size I wanted, carefully cut out my body, and traced the silhouette onto my canvas.
This became an anonymous black and purple female form in front of the sun eclipsed by a blood orange moon. Her body is edged with a thin silver line of light from the corona behind her.
Where her foot is lifted off the ground, there’s just the tiniest sliver of negative space between her toes and the ground.
Most of the painting is quite smooth, but the texture on the woman’s body is slightly thicker than the texture of the sky, while the texture of the moon behind her is extremely thick and bumpy.
This image is thrilling–otherworldly, serene, but also celebratory. The painting glows with a beautiful light of its own.
Shown here (bottom) with Lotus paintings in the studio:
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