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White Star Reaching for the Sun

White Star Reaching for the Sun

Price: $95.00

Size: 12.75 x 12.75 x 0.5 inches

White Star Reaching for the Sun

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White Star Reaching for the Sun, part of my White Star Magnolia series of paintings. This is an original piece. Acrylic paint on fine art paper permanently mounted to a custom-painted, light blue mat. The mat is part of this piece: I decided the color should match the sun exactly.

One bright spring day in April 2021, something out my living room window caught my eye. Across the street, my neighbor's beautiful White Star Magnolia tree was in full bloom, sparkling in the sun like a treasure box full of diamonds and pearls. I grabbed my camera and hurried over to get a closer look at the floral beauty. After my generous neighbor told me to be her guest, I began clicking away.

The gorgeous images I captured that afternoon inspired a series of my paintings and digital art. Included in this collection are my Mother's Day 2021 piece, "Strong. Loving. Beautiful."; "Star Child" and "White Star Reaching for the Moon."

For this piece, "White Star Reaching for the Sun," I brought one photo into Adobe Illustrator, used the image trace feature, and began experimenting with the color palette. I hit on one arresting combination. Studying it, I realized the palette had changed the scene from a blossom reaching for the sun to a blossom at dusk, reaching for the moon. The original photo is dynamic and full of the sun's energy, while the digital art with the new palette is calm and peaceful. I decided to paint what I'd created in Illustrator, using acrylic paint on art paper.

I wanted to keep the tight composition I'd created in my digital art, but experiment with the colors again, to see if I could get back the dynamic feel of the sun using my paints. This is the result and I feel I've achieved my goal.

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