Rainstorm

Rainstorm.jpg
Rainstorm.jpg

Rainstorm

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22½ x 18½ pastel on pastel paper
completed and released April 12, 2007

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Rain. We curse and avoid it, either staying indoors or shielding ourselves with umbrellas and coats. But in the right setting, it can be so beautiful: a city street at night, bathed in the silver of falling rain, car lights glowing in the mist, the patter as it hits the sidewalk. If you dare to venture into it, you’ll feel each droplet exploding on your body, the rivulets trickling down your torso as your clothing clings fast to your skin.

The theme, the joy of rain, came in part from the Cirque Eloize stage show I recently saw, which celebrates childhood memories of playing in the rain. Remembering some slides my dad took of our local downtown on a rainy night when I was a kid, I recalled how stunning all the lights and reflections were in those pictures.

When I started, I feared that the intricacies of the background might be overwhelming. What got me through it without too much trauma was finding a balance of fine detail and loose impressionism. On top of the complex setting, I also needed to render a very wet figure (granted I have done this a few times before), showing him in a totally soaked and revealing shirt, not hating or cower from the rain, but reveling in it.