Skydiving on a moonlit night is enjoyed by parachutists all over the world. As they jump from 12,000 feet and become ‘falling stars’, they have mind-blowing experiences.
In this painting, the artist, (a skydiver), used the diagonal structure to show the posture and movement of the skydiver’s body. There is a touch of surrealism in this painting and the parachutist, though jumping, appears to be flying at night.
The coloured moon is bright yet the sky is dark. The moon’s light shines on the helmet and reflects on the parachutist’s back. The blue and gold colours of the skydiver’s helmet, goggles and jumpsuit complement each other. Notice the artist’s signature ‘eye’ on the back of the skydiver’s jumpsuit, the coloured lips and blue goggles.
The upward wisp of hair floating in the breeze offsets the downward movement of the freefalling skydivers in the distance.
In this painting, the artist has used a controlled hand to create outline. Brushstrokes are smooth, and lighter coloured shapes are silhouetted by the heavy, solid background.
Moonlighters is a slightly mysterious painting.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown. (Cleaned and framed.)