FLOWER MOON IN MAY ACRYLICS ON CEDAR w/RED OAK FRAME SPRING 2020
I never heard of the Flower Moon until this spring as it was reported to be the last supermoon of the year. So, I made it a point to go out and see this unusual full moon just to see why it was of interest to many. Sure enough, it turned out to be a beautiful brilliant full moon shining in an almost perfectly clear night sky. Only a few traces of clouds were visible by the moon making it an excellent viewing. This provided the perfect subject for me to paint. My overall design was heavily inspired by Celtic Art. A spiral design from The Book of Kells influenced my symbolic representation of the flower moon while the entrelac of Celtic Revival designer Archibald Knox was the inspiration for my night sky with clouds. When things are relaxed again after the Covid shelter-in-place rules, I made the frame for this painting out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.