This year I visited the prehistoric megaliths at Carnac in Brittany. The Stonehenge of France. The Carnac stones are 4km of parallel stone alignments (along with many other isolated ones scattered around Carnac). Around 3000 stones weighing several tons were erected by a pre-Celtic tribe in the area some 6000 years ago; even before the pyramids were built. No one is sure how or why they were constructed.
Carnac is a very mysterious place. Many stories of fairies, trolls, gnomes, and even stories of Merlin himself originated from the area. In the style of Monet’s waterlilies at the Musee de l’Orangerie (he captured color and light at different times of the day), I painted three megaliths in different light settings.
The background is in acrylic, the rocks themselves are in oil paint to create the thick texture.
I just completed the last five months of my year abroad in Paris. In the first semester, I went to the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast at the Mogador Theater. The production was magical in every way. I also visited the Sainte Chapelle twice. I put the two together to bring create this rose with the ceiling inspired by the Sainte Chapelle.
The Sainte- Chapelle is a royal Gothic, medieval chapel with colorfully painted ceilings and walls designed to look like the night sky.