Lunar Parade (private collection)
oil on panel
14 x 28 inches
In the early process of painting this body of work it occurred to me that I was not just painting but also charting these star groups and as a result of repetition in plotting them in their distinctive relationships I became familiar with their patterns and am now able to locate them in the night sky. As for the irregularity of the shapes they take on by combining them in this linear fashion, I find their awkwardness very appealing and their gestures expressive of the movement of their courses across our field of vision.
Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?
All images copyright Lori Tremblay