20 x 20 x 3/4
Acrylic on Canvas
This piece is bright, vibrant and immediately evokes the feelings of happiness. But more than that, I felt that it also gives the feeling of hope. Named after the personification of hope which was one of the elements found in Pandora’s box. Once the box was opened and chaos was freed and darkness fell, Elpis was the only one to remain continuing to bring the people hope.
The background is blended softly with chartreuse green, light blue and light viridian green, which is where the initial feeling of optimistic hope is begun. The light background also allows for the focal point to standout and give the feeling as if it is levitating. For me this piece plays with the balance of light and dark, good and evil. By using the deep navy blue I wanted it to represent the dark and then I used the bright coral, gold and light blue to be a representative of the light. With the deep navy, or the dark, I used a technique that allowed it to separate naturally before drying. By separating it in such a way, I was able to place the bright colors within the cracks and have it look as if the light were breaking through. As if hope could be seen through the dark. If this piece represents anything, it is to always keep hope. Even though things may seem dark, by keeping hope you allow the light to break through.
Canvases are not to scale in first photo to show detail.