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  • Writer's pictureMichael Chomse Artist

Ring of Power

Updated: Mar 20, 2018

This is a 5x7 inch acrylic painting on canvas board.

This little painting depicts a typical Johannesburg summer evening as the sodium streetlights compete for attention with the late afternoon sun. The title refers to the power that a city holds over the suburbs surrounding it. It's almost magical, and that's the feeling that I wanted to create with this work.

I started with a monotone grisaille underpainting, then came in with thin acrylic washes to add mood and atmosphere. I soon realised that I would need to work in a thicker, impasto paint to achieve the mood I was looking for.

It's always an experience of wonder for me when the image starts to develop out of what is, in fact, a smear of colored pigment on a piece of canvas covered board. In this, our eyes and brains, in concert, are the true creators. Really seeing a painting like this and allowing our heart to interpret it, reminds us all of something just a little different. For each of, although it is singular, it is different. That's a beautiful thought.

“Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination.” Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: La musique, le cerveau et nous

I'm happy with the way that this small painting has turned out, as I sense that it punches weigh above its weight, especially considering its diminutive dimensions.

I'll be doing more of these in the future, so keep an eye out for them as they appear.

This painting is available to purchase through my DailyPaintWorks site.

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