Kay Hare

Sailing under Stars, 

Oil on linen, 100x 100cm 

by Kay Hare

This painting 100x 100cm is inspired from living and working on the Cote d’Azur. Each day I wake up to a sea view of Monaco and the Italian coast. The landscape is inspiring as I find it is empowers my imagination and invites a spirit of adventure. I have dwelled for a while on the meaning of luxury, wanting to write an article. However, it is one of those words that gets labelled on short lived items such as cars, handbags etc but, for me it is a sense of luxury to have or experience wide open spaces that encourage peace and quiet states of mind. 

The oil painting ‘Sailing under stars’ is a direct reference to the beauty and magic of being on a boat in the middle of a calm ocean in the summer away from noise, with the only exception of the sea. This painting and its title  is a metaphor for a state of mind, to live in the conciousness of peaceful thoughts is challenging when you are living in a city environment or have a job that is demanding. However, it is the most important aspect of our consciousness, one of the main reasons is you become receptive to receive. Nature and wide open spaces provide this receptiveness for ideas to generate and to imagine. 

The light in the painting is dreamy purple and of course the only light is the free, natural light of the stars and the moon above. Purple is traditionally associated with the higher realms, the third eye and spiritual associations. It is also the most powerful visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy. It is a few steps away from x-rays and gamma rays. Purple is also deeply associated in history with royalty and nobility in many cultures. This was mainly due to the dye being expensive and rare to find.  It is also difficult to find in nature but it has, with the herb lavender in mind, very delicate associations, it is coined the ‘grown up pink’. ‘Sailing under stars’ has some hints of pink but the dominant hue is the purple, which is also the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow. 

Some of the areas of water int the painting have been purposely dribbled with paint and left to bleed implying something not finished; it is not perfect; but nature does not ever finish, and something does not have to be perfect to actually be working. 

The painting evolved over a period of years inspired after a short sailing holiday in Croatia. There are large expanses of sea and combined with an unusual emptiness of other boats evoked a real feeling of being alone, yet at the same time embraced with the powers of nature. 

Sailing under stars is now being shown in Quay des Artistes from 7th June – 8th August. 

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