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Dimensions2052 x 2796
Original file size5.72 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken1-Aug-07 07:36
Date modified1-Aug-07 21:14
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon PowerShot A550
Focal length5.8 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.6
Exposure1/60 at f/2.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Stille Freude (Silent Joy)

Stille Freude (Silent Joy)

Stille Freude (Silent Joy)

Medium: Acrylic on canvas.

Dimensions: 20 x 16 in.

Date: Summer 2007

A meditative still-life commission, inspired by the theme: "Out of Darkness flows Light".

I began with three basic elements of Christian worship: a candle, an orthodox icon of Christ, and a small Bible. To these, I added a chalice (symbolic of the Grail cup, receptacle of divine blessings), an Ankh pendant (a cross with a loop at the top, symbolising the human being as a "key" to the ancient Mysteries and the Universe), and a Franciscan Cross. The whole still-life is placed upon a mirror, to indicate the correspondence between the physical and spiritual worlds, as referred to in the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus: "That which is above is like to that which is below."

Before starting to paint, or even to assemble the objects of the still-life, I spent seven days allowing the composition to flow together in my mind. Then I juxtaposed the various components, complete with soft draperies, and commenced painting while listening to Joseph Haydn's great oratorio Die Schoepfung ("The Creation"). Beginning with dark-toned Tuscan reds, I moved gradually to paler orange, gold, and white, allowing light to flow forth as the daughter of darkness.

Price: SOLD. In a private collection in Munich, Germany.