This painting’s title is self-explanatory: “The Big Eclipse.”
Because of its large scale, the vibrant deep crimson layered with many colors, and the simple composition of the solar eclipse making a circle within the rectangle of the canvas, this painting has a powerful presence.
Of course when viewing a real solar eclipse, the moon appears as a flat, dark disk.
But I’ve made the artistic decision to show the details of the moon’s rocky peaks and craters.
From afar, the image clearly reads as the much-loved, recognizable surface of our moon. But up close, you can see how loose I was with the paintbrush.
I walked that line between realism and playing with the messy paint. I painted the moon with mostly white and Payne’s gray, with a bit of burnt umber mixed in here and there.
The rays of the sun’s corona radiate out in all directions. Though red is the dominant color, many colors show up in the sky surrounding the eclipse, including yellow, orange, green, gray and brown.
I achieved this dynamic effect by working with several layers of glazes, so that each color would shine through the successive layers of color.
The painting continues around the deep edges, contributing to the impact of the piece and making it look fantastic as is, without the need for a frame.
Several more new Eclipse paintings are in various stages of drying and being photographed, so keep an eye out for more soon!