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Fires are horribly fascinating

Red has never been my favorite color. But ever since my son told me about how the fires in California were making the air unbreathable … and ever since I saw the daytime photos of San Francisco with red skies … I’ve been painting red paintings. Fires are horribly fascinating.

My first attempt was also an experiment with using a lot of fluid acrylic on raw canvas and I named it Intense, because my feelings were and the painting was.

Intense 14×18

The intensity carried over into my next painting, Rage. All about the red sky, the air pollution, and my son and his family trying to breathe.

Rage 14×18

My next painting was my attempt to calm it down a little, to almost make it a beautiful sunset. Aglow is still mostly red, but not so violent.

Aglow 16×22

Finally, after hearing that the fires on the West coast seemed to be slowing down, I managed my most serene “fire” painting yet.

Blue Ridge 16×22

Blue Ridge started as a painting about the fire just barely visible atop distant mountains, something I visually remembered from a years ago trip to the Rockies. Somehow in the painting it became quieter, more peaceful.

Unfortunately, I haven’t banished the demons yet, because I still wake up in the middle of the night thinking about the fires and how I want to paint them. My next two, though as yet unfinished, are more red, more violent, less peaceful. The fires are still horribly fascinating.

Posted by ruthhurd on November 25, 2020

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