Luminaries of Fire
This painting of a oil painting nude in the moonlightwas one of my early experimentations with different types and qualities of light. The subject here is revealed to us by moonlight. The hours of long exposure photographic references I used for reference ended up being nearly useless. Our mind’s eye is very unlike photographic evidence therefore I had to rely greatly on the perception of my memory. The title of the work was taken from Zohar and the mythology of Lilith after God separated the Sun and the Moon. The Sun above was the Male and ruler of the Day. The Moon below was the Female and ruler of the Night. Therefore there arose two kind of Luminaries. Those descending from above were called Luminaries of Light and those ascending from below were called Luminaries of Fire. Considering the female subject bathed in moonlight I thought the reference was an appropriate one.