Flashes Of Lucidity
Visions of other worlds come to me in flashes, vivid yet fleeting glimpses into alternate imaginary landscapes…
Visions of other worlds come to me in flashes, vivid yet fleeting glimpses into alternate imaginary landscapes. Although often fantastical, these strange environments appear as lucidly real to me as my actual tangible surroundings. Whilst dazzling and awe inspiring, these flashes are momentary, evasive of specific focus, like water slipping through fingers they can’t quite be held still or solidly.
This painting started from a detail that I’d already created earlier and I wanted to expand it out into a larger image. It ended up totally transforming from a scene I had initially imagined as an underwater environment, to a very open above surface landscape. The fiery arching light details were in a response to the stems that emerged and looked like burned out branches, with illuminates pods. I’ve studied fire quite a lot, both in photography and my paintings, so I wanted to use the similar shapes and energy that I’d observed, but detach them from the stems so that it didn’t just appear like the branches were on fire. The mountains, the light beaming through clouds and the rolling water/cloud structures on the surface were added to ramp up the drama of the scene.