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“Equinox in the Park” invites us into a specific setting while exploring a visual composition of halves, pairs, and the root of the balance found in the term “equinox.”
During my first visit to Falls Park when I moved to Greenville, I was enamored with the blue-tailed skinks/lizards that would scurry across the sidewalks and the rock formations. This diptych is a nod to the beauty of the park and the amusement and balance found all around us in nature.
The opening “meet and greet” for my exhibition is held on the Autumn Equinox, and with my series theme focused on the lunar and celestial subject-matter, I wanted to bring that idea into one of the new works. This piece is about balance, both in the composition designs and the symbolism.
The skinks are rendered in charcoal, with the tails embellished in metal leafing and metallic paint detailing. The foreground setting is painted in watercolor and sketched out with pastel pencil. The moon shapes are pastel, ink and metallic paint.
The frame has a special meaning to me, as it is handmade by my brother Blake. He has lent his talent for woodworking to me and produced several beautiful frames for my work. The Ambrosia Maple wood frames this particular piece and compliments the neutral coloring in the toned mixed media board while leaving a large, white, interior floating border space for the mounted diptych.
Polaris No. 6 (Equinox in the Park)
charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and metal leaf on Canson mixed media board
8x9" each panel, artwork size, 16x28" framed
Polaris Solo Exhibition
Grand Bohemian Lodge Gallery
Falls Park, Greenville, SC