Ad Lucem means 'bring to light' in Latin. A new period of learning and discovering, of bringing to light. Simple objects in the studio: the pewter spoon, the tiny wooden chair and pewter plate; my Biot or Frejus jar covered in bright ochre lichens - all illuminating in the light from the dark studio floor. The plate and spoon as an offering.
Oil, raw pigment, powdered mica and gesso on board in antique frame.
Framed 133 w x 109 h cm (117 x 94 cm aperture)
The Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice, situated on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. It was the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the city's (Tedeschi) merchants. True Merchants of Venice. For the first time in history there is now a viewing platform at the top of what is now a high-end Department Store and you can now see the South and North of the Grand canal - a great swept vista from high above, one that has never been painted (in my knowledge) before. It looks like an unreal perspective buy you can see the Rialto Bridge roof tops at your feet and Gondola that look like waterboatmen fleeting across the great Grand Canal surrounded by this Renaissance city and its burnt siena and red ochre walls. Magical!
Oil and gesso on board in antique frame.
Framed 123.5 w x 105 h cm (101 x 81.5 cm aperture)