I have just finished a new painting, a modern rendition of James McNeill Whistler's iconic Nocturne in Black and Gold - The Falling Rocket. Like the original, my painting is composed primarily of bleak tones, with three main colors: blue, green, and yellow. However, I have simplified the composition and made the overall feel of the artwork more simplistic and modern.
The painting depicts a mountain range shrouded in mist. The billowing smoke from the falling rocket provides a clear distinction between the water and the sky, while the dabs of yellow represent exploding fireworks in the misty air.
Although my painting is simplistic and modern in nature, I have sought to create a complex and evocative work of art. The muted colors and somber atmosphere create a sense of mystery and wonder. The viewer is left to imagine the scene for themselves, and to ponder the meaning of the falling rocket.
I was drawn to Whistler's painting because of its evocative atmosphere and its use of color. I wanted to explore the idea of using a modern style to depict a traditional subject matter, exploring the complex emotions that can be evoked by a simple landscape.
I am pleased with the overall effect of the painting. I think it is both simplistic and modern in nature, while also conveying complex emotions that go beyond the technicalities of the imagery.
I hope that my painting will stay with the viewer long after they have seen it. I want them to continue to think about it and to reflect on the emotions that it evokes. :-)
Oklahoma-Arkansas artist Lourry Legarde specializes in a breathtaking range of fine art, from impressionist landscapes to modern abstract paintings, distressed fine art, color scheme abstracts, horse paintings, digital impressionism oil palette knife paintings, autumn impressionism paintings, kitchen and wine art, and more!