Open After Dark – Naomi Brotherton
Open After Dark
Framed 25 x 19
Framed 31 x 41
Oh, there it was… my next subject, a beautiful potted begonia plant begging to be painted. My studio partner had brought it for his class to arrange on a small table but he had left it on the floor. I liked the unusual concept of looking down on it like a map.
So I started painting on the nearest watercolor paper without much thought about the placement on the rectangle. The color was working well, so I laid another paper next to it so as to include the other objects on the floor. The long stems of the lotus pods helped establish the floor concept.
This became a diptych. The two paintings could be framed separately, each signed by the artist, and hung side by side, or framed together as shown. Together they make a unique design.
La Casa with Dry Rock Walls
14 x 21
In Mexico I was fascinated by the strong rock walls with no mortar to hold them together, a hand-craft which is fast becoming a lost art. I also became interested in the way light of the warm earth colors bounced up into the shadows.
21 x 26
Establishing the MYSTERY of NIGHT is my aim by having small lit areas, and large dark silhouettes. The source of light is usually limited to interior lights, street lights, or moon light.