Saturday, October 10, 2009

Emanations

Emanation IV, oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches, © 2009 Diane McGregor

This is the fourth painting in my new series, Emanations. This work addresses specific places that have had an influence upon me, whether it's the beauty of the place, the memories, or the unique light and color. These paintings are about the perception of essences. The essence of rocks, shadows, trees, water, wind, rain, and fog -- these elements emanate a truth about the Universe that is both physical and spiritual. I commune with the unseen and unknowable forces that emanate from a particular place in space and time, and this translates onto the canvas as an archetypal truth. There is no narrative here, just the essence of a place, in that moment, and in the present moment of meditative creation. The process of adding the brushstrokes is slow and steady, weaving color in and out of the white veils as I immerse myself in the details of the paint. Every point of light and color is methodically retained or eliminated. I love to layer the paint so that it is a challenge for the viewer to determine which brushstroke is laying over or under another. The texture that builds from this layering process is seductive and compelling.

5 comments:

Ian MacLeod said...

The sensitivity you have to your perceptions is beautifully captured here. It's a gorgeous piece Diane.
ian

Leslie Avon Miller said...

The essence, the unseen and the unknowable - my sense of these increase as I spend more time on the planet. Perfect subject matter for an artist and her audience. This is a rich series Diane. Congratulations.

Seth said...

This is stunning. You have more than captured the essence!

cathsheard said...

I wish I could see you at work. The process sounds so interesting in the way you describe it. And the result is really lovely and atmospheric.

Diane McGregor said...

Thank you all so much for your positive comments. I'm realizing more and more that my work is about the essence of a place, rather than an abstraction of landscape.