A Night at the Shrine

Sunday had the opportunity to be at the Shrine of the Bab for over an hour near sunset.

West side of the Shrine arcade at night.

This has been one of the coolest weeks here in Haifa since last May.

The west door to the Shrine.

And Sunday evening was one of the most perfect evenings so far…warm but not hot, balmy actually, but with a slight breeze.  There was very little noise from the streets below, and only a little bit of jackals calling; the intoxicating scent of jasmine and frangipani blossoms wafted through the colonnades.

West side of the dome of the Shrine.

These photos were taken on the western side of the Shrine, and tho they do not have the same quality as a day time photo, they show different aspects of the beauty of the architecture.

Greatest Name Symbol

The Greatest Name symbol in the southwest corner of the colonnades.

Then walked up the Terraces through the dusk filled gardens to the sounds of chirping cicadas.

 

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Process of Painting a Still Life in Oils

Here is a sequence of photos showing some of the process of painting a still life.  The inspiration was some fresh eggplant (purples) little orangey-yellow peppers, a spring green collander and white garlic with purple stripes.  A plaid and a striped cloth were chosen, and a bottle of olive oil set at the back…

Below shows my view of the still life set up and the under-painting started in order to establish placement of objects and dark and light values.

Under-painting.

Below is a close-up of the canvas after adding some of the local colour across the painting.

Close-up.

Now the canvas is quite close to being finished.  All items have local colour and once the cloth and background are done, we can start thinking about a frame.

Almost…….

Gave it a dark background in order for the cloth to pop.  Edibles are still not very pronounced.

Background and shadows in.

Here’s a larger picture below showing the finished painting with all the highlights on the vegetables, and shadows on the cloth.

Highlights in.

Super close-up of one section of the painting.  The orangish outlines are the under-painting still showing through. This is done in order to keep the adjacent colours from smearing into each other as you drag the brush by.  It also creates a vibration of colour next to colour.

Close-up showing just a section of the painting.

Here it is hanging in the Gallery.  Decided to not frame it after all.  And it looks good with the other two wrap around canvases along the top row.

Hanging in the Gallery.

 

More Art

This is another blog entry showing some more artwork from my studio period in California.  The studio here was in an historical brick building in downtown Sonora, built in 1903.  We were on the second floor with 12 foot high ceilings and huge 7 ft. windows on three sides.  It was a gorgeous space with 1920’s era wood floors, natural light to paint by, and plenty of space for gallery displays.

Landscape of Redhills Road area of Tuolumne County. 8 x 10, acrylic.

Painted down on the beach in the cove, in the fog – Mendocino Coast, Northern Calif.

Working on a larger canvas of Mendocino pieces back in my studio. This was of the same cove, but focusing on the one cliff across from the beach.

Another large canvas being worked on back in my studio after the trip to Mendocino. This one is a more foggy view of one of the headlands with the Mendocino pine tree out at the tip.

Coastline north of Fort Bragg, California. 8 x 10. Oil on panel.

Pic of me plein air painting on the beach north of Ft. Bragg, Calif. It was windy! And the sand was blowing too. That is the previous painting [posted above] on the easel. This was one of the brief mornings with sunshine. Most of the week had been totally foggy, but it was gorgeous. Painted this panel in 45 minutes, as we were packing the car to drive the five hours back to the mountains of Sonora.

For the Women in my Family

O My handmaiden, O My leaf!  Render thou thanks unto the Best Beloved of the world for having attained this boundless grace at a time when the world’s learned and most distinguished men have remained deprived thereof.  We have designated thee ‘a leaf’ that thou mayest, like unto leaves, be stirred by the gentle wind of the Will of God — exalted be His glory — even as the leaves of the trees are stirred by onrushing winds . . .

We admonish thee to do that which will serve to promote the interests of the Cause of God amongst men and women.  He doth hear the call of the friends and beholdeth their actions.  Verily, He is the Hearing and the Seeing.  –   Bahá’u’lláh

My great aunt Leonora, my great grandmother Grace, and my grandmother Alethe. Photo taken in Hudson, New York, about 1899.