This “Carpet Ride Madonna” has been around the block, literally, in that she was started at the old Alta Luna Gallery last summer and finished at the new studio space. Intriguing for a variety of reasons…
It was painted with oil and ink on YUPO which (again) is plastic. Using the more opaque medium (oil versus the traditional watercolor per this paper, it achieved an interesting effect. The glistening reflective effect was still there but with the solid oil finish, permanence and richness.
This viewer sees the Mother as exotic, surrounded by mysterious vegetation and vivid auras of copper and gold; with pen adding odd twists around the baby. Perhaps magical..
I started this oil on Yupo about 6 months ago, when I had my desk at the back door of the Gallery, from which I had a bird’s eye view of the Magic Carpet mill neighborhood. Having just finished it, at the new Alta Luna Studio, the memories attached to this painting are Bittersweet. Mixing the sadness of loss as well as the lightness of freedom, it represents (to this viewer) the nostalgia of the past and the magic of Now.
Happy Tuesday, all. It is after midnight and snowy and icy in this northeastern USA. Drive carefully out there!