“Moon Over Cathedral” was recently completed after alternating between revision and neglect for about 5 years. The sprawling cathedral is the only remaining element from my original image. The piece used to be titled “Two Dreams Deep” and it looked quite different from this.
Some perhaps surprising things that used to be in the image:
An enormous ethereal cat.
A vivid lime green sky.
Red leaves floating.
Silhouettes of tree branches.
I rarely take so long with an image. Despite being attracted to aspects of it, it never felt right. I didn’t know how to change that, so there it sat. I couldn’t let go of certain elements even though they weren’t working together.
Recently I pulled it out again. I began painting new layers (the lamp post, the blue cobblestone sky, the moon). As the image began to change, so did I. There was fresh energy! I no longer found it so difficult to remove the older layers. I loved the new feel of it. What a relief.
To create the blue cobblestone sky, I first enlarged and pieced together sections of photos I took in Spain a few years ago. The photos were of glimmering gold mosaic wall tiles from an altar at the Monserrat monastery. Once I had pieced them together to fit the sky, I painted them in a translucent cobalt blue.
The cathedral is a lovely and massive building in my South End neighborhood of Boston. Local readers may recognize it as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Washington Street. (You know it, that mammoth edifice across the street from Foodie’s.)
I’ll be having the first limited edition “Moon Over Cathedral” giclée prints made this week. They’ll be printed on archival quality paper, signed and numbered.
Here are more of my cityscapes.