Stephen V Beckett, Maine Artist

Night Sailing off Portland, Maine - 16 in x 20 in - Oil on Panel 2007 - Photo Reference by Ray Spencer - Private Collection of Terry Daniels
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Night Sailing off Portland, Maine - 16 in x 20 in - Oil on Panel 2007 - Photo Reference by Ray Spencer - Private Collection of Terry Daniels My friend Ray Spencer gave me a photograph he took sailing off Portland's East End. The sun and the moon were both setting deep in the west and the city was a black silhouette. The water glowed. I used a Flemish technique laying down layer upon layer of thick translucent glazes in yellows and blues, building a luminosity into the work that varies its hue and presentation with every change in the light. There is no green. The light plays off the ground and pulls the essence of the pigments so mixed to the eye. The color is a muse.