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22 December 2010

Red Moon Winter Solstice 2010 Horse Oil Paintings by Contemporary Equine Artist Laurie Pace

'Red Moon Winter Solstice 2010'
30 x 40  Oil on Canvas
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   © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2010

Close up of "Light Horse" representing Day.

 Close up of the "Dark Horse" representing Night.

I had to finish it off with the red moon.  It has been 372 years since the last lunar eclipse with a beautiful red moon. "A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth aligns between a full moon and the sun, blocking any sunlight from reflecting off the moon's surface."

One of the articles I read was how someone commented that God gifted us with a beautiful early Christmas present.  I could not agree more.   

That inspired me to tuck the red moon into the background of this painting.  Artists always tell the story; Artists alway record history.  I wanted to make sure I recorded a bit of red moon history in this painting.  I had started this winter solstice painting last week and I finished it yesterday on the actual day.  I didn't even realize as I was painting it that I had leaned toward light and dark naturally in the composition of a light horse and  a dark horse. I had been after subtle colors with slight accents of turquoise and russet browns with a pinch of Indian yellow. The addition of the red moon came after rising up early to catch a glimpse of it.   So the painting has much meaning woven into the shortest day of the year.  Light will begin to fill our lives for longer days as we head into January.  With light is always hope; with light is love and warmth and feelings of safety.  May this painting be an inspiration to turn to the light.

May your holidays be filled with His light as we anticipate the celebration of the Christ Child's birth.

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” - Luke 2:6-7


SusanD said...

Beautiful painting. The addition of the red moon is lovely. The sky was overcast the night of the eclipse so it was not visible in our area. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

Shelley Whiting said...

I love the exciting movement and drama in the work. Amazing work.

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