Dimensions: 36" high, 24" wide, ¾" deep. Very textured surface with many layers of color that impart a richness and depth. The sides are painted black. http://www.sallytrace.com/2011/alignment.htm Click the link above to visit this painting on my website and purchase if still availble.
This beautiful Luna Moth greeted me in the FedEx parking lot this afternoon. He was flying erratically around a little tree next to my car, and flopping down on the blacktop. I tried to get him settled in a grassy area, but there was no dark place for him except under cars. He landed on my fender, I opened the door and in he flew. So we drove home together. He was pretty beat up and unfortunately didn't last too long. I found this article: http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/luna_moth.htm and determined that he is male because of his big beautiful antennae. They don't fly during the day so something was wrong. I think it was just his time. Nice of him to spend it with me.
Update...he is still alive!! I just went out to check on him and he moved his little front feet like he's getting ready to take off. The heat of the day was bad for him, I think and it's getting cool now. So it's party time in Lunaville. Yay!
One of my collectors just commissioned me to create a painting. In an email he asked me:
"You're amazing. This should be fun.
How do you name them? Thank you Jesse :)"
Below is the answer. I thought it might be interesting to post my little essay for other viewers and buyers of my paintings.
Well usually the names come to me as I'm painting them. As you're painting, part of the mind is really focused and other parts of the mind just wander freely around like in meditation. Thoughts and associations float in and out. Then you see something in the painting that is very evocative of a memory, or something you've learned about life or something that is going on in your life and relationships. It runs the whole spectrum of emotions. For instance "the Next Chapter" was about my Mom in the nursing home and the transitions that she is experiencing. That is very personal for me, but for the viewers and buyers of the paintings, a title like that can also mean something very personal for them. And I hope it does. So I don't usually explain the title unless it's something overt like scientific and cosmic phenomena.
Or in the case of "A Thousand Beautiful Things", I just was so immersed in that song as I painted that there just was no other title that would do.
And then others are almost purely visual like "Fugue in Plaid". I just love the humor and the mind-bending aspect in the juxtaposition of those 2 seemingly disparate elements of music and visual pattern.
And then sometimes no name comes so I have to gaze at it for awhile and look for an association. My husband Chet has helped...he named one for me "Rose Meridian" which I think is an excellent name. Often the titles are about juxtaposition like that.
Now that I wrote all of this, I think I will put it in the blog. Thanks for inspiring me to explain the process.