Clare with Arrow
Creator: Charles Pompilius [b. 1954]
Dimensions: 6 x 8 inches
Date Acquired: 2014-07-09
From Where?: Sunrise, Florida (US)
This painting had in spades something that I’ve been looking for in oil paintings all along: that aura of light which brings the figure into high relief (See “A Study of Optical Effects in Oil Paintings”). It gives the surface a crackling energy which dominates the room. Hi-resolution photos also showed that the brushwork was impeccable. The price was steep at $500 for such a small painting, so the next few purchases have been under $300 each to drive the average back down.