Midsummer

“But why should we not have one genuine out-of-door day, a day when we shall see to it that every city child may romp and play in God’s green fields, and when we make it a joyous duty to thank the Giver of all, not only for the harvests & for the full granaries as on Thanksgiving Day, but for the sun and the green trees and the flowers and grass and everything that makes us glad to be alive?  What day could be so good for such a celebration in America as well as in Sweden as Midsummer’s Day?”

FRANCIS EDWARD CLARK, THE CHARM OF SCANDINAVIA (1914)

The Midsummer¹ season of festivals and feasts – the Summer Solstice, St. John’s Eve, and St. John’s Day – have always resonated with me and filled my imagination.  As the sun reaches its zenith on June 20/21, and then the feast & festival of St. John the Baptist follow a few days later on the 23rd & 24th, it’s a sun-drenched, liminal time of thresholds being crossed and whispers being heard.

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Drawing Process

A year or two ago at a craft store, I bought a pad of brown-toned paper on a whim.  In my acrylic paintings, I’ve always really enjoyed the process of playing with lighting – especially with glowing faery-orbs providing the illumination – but I wanted a way to sketch the lighting & experiment with it a bit before committing paintbrush to canvas/board.  The toned paper I bought worked perfectly for that, since it allowed me to start with a mid-tone and then shade and highlight from that base.

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