The Sky is on Fire Original Oil
"The Sky is on Fire," is an original oil on paper 12"x16," created in 2020, framed as shown. This piece is presently on exhibit, but is available for purchase. Contact the artist for more information. Subscribe to my email list below to be informed of new art, studio news and more!
It was an early summer morning 2020, and fires had been burning in Colorado for months. I saw an eerie glow through my bedroom window, even before the sun began to rise. I awoke, and immediately ran to my car to witness it. I am intimately acquainted with the damage fire causes, and was compelled to see this sunrise. You see, I had a house fire myself a couple of years back, and watched my mother's business burn as a child and I felt so helpless. I had to do something that day, even if it was just to witness the sunrise. As I drove up the hill, my thoughts were with the fire fighters and the people who were displaced. At the top of the hill, I came to a lake not far from my house just as the ball of fire reflected on the water. In that moment, I hoped for rain.
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About the Artist:
Shirley Bales, is a multi-generational painter. Shirley formally studied fine art under an accomplished forensic portrait artist and other notable illustrators in the 1990's. Shirley also attended workshops by acclaimed plein air painters, and exclusively painted outside for over 10 years to develop her acute color sensibility. Shirley attributes most of her technical knowledge to the Cennini Forum comprised of forerunners of the Classical ism Movement. Shirley has participated in multiple group and solo shows winning multiple awards and accolades over the years. Her work resides in hundreds of private collections nationwide.