What’s in a name?
I’m glad you asked; Stella Nubis is a black, gold and white painting and is really quite the eye-opener!
I chose the name as it’s the Latin translation for cloudy star. The name was picked after the painting was created, like so many I do. In fact the search for a name befitting of something so individual and cosmic in its appearance became a real labour of love for quite some time.
The reason may lie in the fact that I don’t tend to do anything like this normally so it stands on its own – even among my already liberally diverse collection of paintings.
Therefore, a stand out piece such as this really needed a suitable name to go with its rather niche credentials.
So what’s different then Ed?
For starters I don’t tend to paint onto black canvas very often. I have a few that have been done historically (Brightness Intensifier and Keep Your Nightlight Burning) that were painted onto a pre-primed black canvas but this is the first one I can remember where I painted the canvas black myself then left it for a few weeks before I attempted to apply more paint over the top.
So that’s the base of the painting that’s a little different. Next we should consider what lies on the top. The combination of white, gold and black enamel paint has made the painting look a little like a negative – like the photo type you used to see where all the tones are reversed and dark becomes light (and vice versa).
And because I don’t do that kind of thing and certainly not with this combination of colours and tones it stands out more than many of the others.
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