First of all, a huge ‘thank you’ to all of you who contributed to the comments thread on my post earlier this week, ‘Religion or Philosophy.’
I thought it made it the most interesting so far, and all of your comments certainly given me much food for thought about what I had written and my feelings around the subject.
So, today, a couple more paintings. I didn’t paint much when I was in Oman, apart from a few sketches and watercolours, so these ones were worked much later, from some of the photographs I took.
It is in the desert that I have been most aware of the contrast between light and dark, and that is something that I wanted to bring out in these paintings.
Oman #1 Acrylic on board. 24 ins x 36 ins
There is something about ruins, by their very nature, that is stark. They have been shaped by human hand, but are now broken. Designed and built for a purpose, but now with that purpose gone. There is a sadness, or at least a feeling of melancholy.
There is a sense of emptiness, which is frequently a feeling that comes upon the traveller in the desert.
And in the desert, there is not that softening growth of ivy, for example, to soften the harsh and fractured edges of ruins.
Oman #2 Acrylic on board 37 ins x 23 ins
The second painting, Oman #2, was also an exercise in the use of triangles in composition.