Monday, February 11, 2013

Plato's Doors

"There was a famous (Platonist) school in Chartres_claimed there were 2 doors to heaven: the door of winter, which let the light in, and the door of summer, which let the light out. Plato claimed that the gods entered by the first and left by the second."   "The Cleaner of Chartres" by Sally Vickers, pg 103 
 There is a whitewashed stone barn on Cromwell Bridge rd. that I have painted before. I caught it at sunset and the white wall just glowed. I was intrigued by the barn doors and saw them as Rothkoesque  abstract shapes. I omitted the tree in front of the wall and concentrated on many layers of white, yellows,pinks, and blues to build up the glowing texture of the wall. Never thought it would take so long to paint a white wall. 16x16in pastel on sanded paper

Farmhouse Offf Manor Road.

  This is a very small study of a farmhouse that sits alone on a great flat corn field. I pass it when I visit my mother  . It was derelict for years but was renovated just recently. It's pretty impressive when the setting sun hits it. 4 x12 in pastel on sanded paper  

Lock House, night

 This is a drawing of the Havre de Grace Lock house at around 7pm. there is still a lot of light in the sky from the town.11x14in pastel on sanded paper


 The side view of the truck. 18x24 in oil on birch panel