This painting is all about rhythm, and I came upon the phrase “trip the light fantastic,” (from the late 1800s), and fell in love. So perfect!
I worked on this piece over a few months, playing with the softer drips and circles, then adding the geometric field on top. The result is a lot of movement, a lot of motion. The circles feel like the hit of the drum to me, expanding out into the ether. The geometry, also like music, has more math to it.
The phrase is typically attributed to Milton’s 1645 poem L’Allegro, which includes the lines
Com, and trip it as ye go,
On the light fantastick toe.
Trip the Light Fantastic
2015 | 16 x 20″ | paints on stretched canvas | orig. and prints here…
♥ ~ Meghan Oona
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