Grotto Azzurra

Gold and silver light licks the shape of leaves of the Tree Poppy in the sunlight, shadows become pools of blue light. The early Summer garden becomes a place you could dive deep into.

Named Grotto Azzurra after the Blue Grotto sea cave of Capri - sunlight passes through the water transforming the place, reflecting an incredible azure blue or emerald light. It is said that objects under water famously appear silver because of the dazzling light refraction. In Roman times, Emperor Tiberius used the Grotto as a marine temple and swimming hole - it was decorated with statues of the sea god Neptune and Triton.

130 w x 88 h cm

Oil and pastel on Arches Oil paint paper