Friday, March 30, 2012

Lunar Eclipse, "Moon Painting" by Marina Petro

"Lunar Eclipse"
6" x 6"
Original oil painting on canvas panel
Skyscape Series

This is an older painting I thought I'd share with you today. I was remembering the magical feeling I had while painting this piece.

If you read Molly's story in my last post, what I didn't mention is that I made a commitment to myself that I wouldn't begin a new painting until Molly was finished. It would have been too easy to divert my attention and that would have been a sure disaster with old Molly probably still whinnying as she sat on my easel crying for attention.  As a result, it set me back several months as far as new work.

Now for the eclipse.....A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes behind the Earth so that the Earth blocks the Sun's rays from striking the Moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur the night of a full moon.

Several cultures have myths related to lunar eclipses. The Egyptians saw the eclipse as a sow swallowing the moon for a short time; other cultures view the eclipse as the moon being swallowed by other animals, such as a jaguar in Mayan tradition, or a three legged toad in China. Some societies thought it was a demon swallowing the moon, and that they could chase it away by throwing stones and curses at it  I think I'll try throwing stones and cursing at the next lunar eclipse. If nothing else, it should dissolve some frustrations.....

Today's Quotation:       “Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy”
-Henri Frederic Amiel

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