Monday, September 24, 2012

"The Long Light"

The Long Light is an 8x10 plein air oil by Shirley Fachilla.

“The long light shakes across the lakes
And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
Blow, bugle; answer echoes dying, dying, dying.”
 The Splendor Falls
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Tennyson is no longer a popular poet. He’s often thought of as too easy and not intellectual enough.
I agree that he’s not particularly cerebral, but I don’t think he’s easy. His poetry seems easy because it flows beautifully, the very sound of it echoing its meaning.  And though his meanings may not be intellectually challenging, they are universal.  For instance, the poem quoted is about much more bugles and echoes. Read it and see.
My painting, The Long Light, was done at Nashville’s Radnor Lake in the golden hour just before twilight. It’s destined for the Love the Lake Art Show to benefit the Lake.
The show happens October 5 through 8 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except the last day which ends at 3) at Radnor Lake Visitor Center, 1160 Otter Creek Rd., Nashville, Tennessee.  
If you can, come see the show.   


  1. Beautiful plein air painting Shirley.Love the reflection!

  2. This is so beautiful, I can't stop looking at it! Beautiful warm colors and wonderful atmosphere!

  3. Oh My! Such beautiful light you captured!

  4. Looks like a magnificent location, Shirley. I love the warm effect of the light.

  5. Shirley!
    Great mood in this one. Love the colors. Very, very peaceful. Nice!


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