Color Wheel is a series in which we identify a trending color in art for the week and post a daily image that illustrates its popularity.
Ann Craven’s been making moon paintings for 18 years, but they’ve never been so trendy as this week: when the color blue took the art world by storm (previously, we’d all settled for purple).
Craven makes the paintings from direct observation, with a devotion to the subject that speaks to long stretches of time. Here, in a rare mistake, she accidentally painted the moon with a tree in front of it. From this chance occurrence springs a fountain of questions: What does the tree think of the moon? What kind of tree is this? Are there weretrees? Treewolves? At what point do the painterly onramps to the spiral of a moon become the realist arms of a far-off galaxy? The tree, acting as a symbol of life, death, eternity, transcendence, society, and trees, acts as a silent witness to the moon’s vigil.
You can see this shade of blue, and other shades of other colors, at Maccarone starting November 8th. That’s it for blue, but fortunately you can keep following the color’s use in art on Facebook.