Waiting For You There
oil on canvas
100 x 150 cm
This painting began as an experiment with a tube of Ultramarine Deep oil paint, a darker and richer version of the shade which I wanted to use as the lightest part of a painting. It led me into an exploration of the dusk and I began to take walks in the evening to study the night sky, its value and colour. There is a darkening towards the back of the painting as it is when you walk into a wood at night, things nearby are visible but fade into the night in the distance.
I made the painting large to give the feeling of walking into it a more realistic illusion.
It took a long time to resolve the painting, I worked on it for several months on and off. In the meantime I made other nocturnes as it sparked a series of works concerned with the way all light contrasts with the night, mainly concentrating on natural light such as stars and the moon.
The surface of the painting is velvety matt, I needed to be careful not to have any sheen on the canvas in order for the details to not be obscured by reflected light as there are subtle shifts in tone.
The painting would be best hung in a bright room in order for its details to be best observed. Painted on a deep edged canvas with neatly painted dark edges, ready to hang.