On August 21st, 2017 in the Medicine Bow Forest near Esterbrook, Wyoming, I and hundreds of others witnessed the Great American Eclipse right in the path of totality. Something I'd never experienced before.
Totality was an incredible sight. I will never forget, the moment you took of the glasses and looked at the sun - the Corona, the red prominences, Bailey's beads. Breathtaking and primal. A 360 degree cinematic two minute sunset and sunrise here and gone before you knew it.
During the spectacle, I was also taking in Laramie Peak and the surrounding Wyoming landscape. Looking at the quality of light across the mountain and forest and how the eclipse affected color. It was like nothing I’d experienced before. Not quite moonlight, not quite darkness. There was some color - warm and desaturated to almost grey tones. As a painter, I found it as equally fascinating at the Corona above.
For this new art collection, I've been drawing inspiration from the Eclipse Light across the mountain landscape to create a striking monochromatic mountain series in a "Totality palette".
Pictured are small scale cut paper collage artworks. They are created with the artist's designed papers using painterly techniques that simulate geological textures. These are examples of color sketches that are being developed into larger acrylic paintings in a 4-6 foot scale.
See the finished Eclipse paintings at Gallery Mar and beyond in mid-December, 2017.