Eclipse Love. 24″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
The magical moment this couple is 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.
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.
The couple is outlined in a sliver of electric blue light.
Shown in the studio, with “Looking Up” paintings in the background:
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