Autumn is a transitional season where we move from the long days of Summer into the short days of Winter. Each week we lose 15 minutes of daylight until the Winter solstice, just before Christmas.
So it is fitting that Scottish artist, Linda Samson, writes here about light and darkness in art, referencing the original artwork of many Skylark artists.
In non-scientific terms, the definition of light is the medium of illumination which makes sight possible. Our light comes from the sun bringing us clarity and warmth. The opposite of light is dark which is cold and still brings a residue from ancient times of the unknown.
These states of light and dark, warm and cool, are used very effectively in art through contrasting tones and intensity of colour to evoke an emotional response in the onlooker.
For example, In Carol Edgar’s landscape, Scarlet Ochre and White, the contrast between light and dark surfaces of textured paint create a feeling of wildness and solitude, being open to the elements of mist, wind and rain.
In Little House by Sarita Keeler, light and dark forms are used to contrast the vastness of nature around the tiny, almost defenceless man-made dwelling.
In Sarah Knight’s Landscape in Inchyra the swirling light and dark forms evoke the power of the sea.
Intensity and simplicity of colours deftly used in Gill Hickman’s luminous red and gold embossed abstract Toward the One, now sold, a pure definition of sunlight. Its sister artwork Zen is still for sale. Gill sees the two pieces like a breath in and a breath out.
In Sara Sherwood’s Polar Paws Sky, brilliant colours electrify the sky and the riverside city below.
Polar Paws Sky is available in paper and canvas print format. Prices start at £199 for a large 51x102cm paper print. Sara also hand embellishes both options. In addition, she can also subtly use gold leaf or diamonds to give an extra little sparkle of light. Although the original artwork is sold, Sara can create similar art to order on commission. For more information please visit www.sarasherwood.co.uk
In Nicolette Carter’s Starburst Lullaby colour is used to define the beautiful, decorative forms of an imaginary world.
In Linda Samson’s ceramic Blue on Blue, the bright sun shining in a dark sky gives a sense of the surreal.
As autumn arrives and the lamps are lit against the early dusk and the dark forces lurking in the night, some seated on armchairs, take a look at Wilf Frost’s Sashimi.
Colour and light are provided by images of children, musicians and dancers bringing fun and laughter – Slow as a Snail by Viv Phelan, Jo Hogden’s We Two Dancing and last, but not least, the cartwheeling figures in Stella Tooth’s Ariel Ballet performing to the music of the guitarists in her Dodgy at the Half Moon, Putney.
I hope this little trawl through the Skylark website will entice you to explore the site more closely and shine a light on the artwork you’ve been searching for this autumn.
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