the garden of light, 15/117

I have wanted to do this painting for a long time; I even have a few starts of it. It is inspired by my favorite Finnish artist, Hugo Simberg.

When I was a child, we had an old-fashioned Google called an encyclopedia. Under “F” were stories of the Finnish Golden Age artists. I was in awe looking at those pages, so amazing the paintings and prints looked to me (they still do.) I was strangely drawn to a print by Hugo Simberg called The Garden of Death.

Why I was fascinated by this etching, I still cannot explain. There was something silly about skeletons watering weird plants and one of them even smiling at you. I also loved the fine lines the etching was drawn with.
More than thirty years has past since I first thought about painting an image that has the same composition, yet is full of light. Today I finally finished a version of it called The Garden of Light.

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