The third and latest painting in my Princes of Zodiac series focuses on one of the most playful and curious of the star signs: Gemini. The Zodiac sign Gemini is best known for its representation of twins – which is what I chose to use as the central inspiration for this piece.
Influence of Marc Chagall
In the spirit of Gemini and the versatile, unpredictable duality that comes with it, I chose to move in a new direction with this painting. Although it carries the same ethereal, whimsical feeling of the previous two works, it moves away from fantasy imagery and more towards a Marc Chagall-style abstract dreamscape.
As a passionate follower of Chagall’s work, I am often inspired by his unique blend of modern expressionism and surrealism that brings paintings to life. His bold use of fauvist color is something that I share in my approach to my works, and I wanted to celebrate this style in my third depiction of the Zodiac princes.
Gemini is the leading air sign
Gemini is the leading air sign, so I chose to have the twin princes flying through a mystic night sky with the constellation dancing behind them. I wanted to keep the sky tone more muted than in my previous works to continue with the dream-like feeling- rather than fantasy. It also served well to offset the almost luminous bottom half of the painting, which, to me, represents a sleeping village on the water’s edge- brightened by the ever-youthful energy and lifting presence of the Gemini.
My use of color ties closely to the idea of two sides the one coin. Working with deep blue and bright orange- almost complete opposites on the color wheel- to create stark contrast let me build a dynamic backdrop for the princes. Weaving the two together subtly in a way that reminds me of some of my favorite Marc Chagall pieces brings balance- the two halves connected to one another without fail.
Nursery room décor
Princes of Zodiac – Gemini is the perfect nursery room décor for twins or Gemini babies. The playful colors draw the eye and fill the imagination. This piece seems to glow and radiate a curious but attractive vibe- something that the people who belong to this star sign often emanate.
Subtle textures and a more played-down sense of fantasy make this latest piece one of my most versatile. I loved bringing the Marc Chagall style that inspires me so heavily into this series- and I look forward to exploring it further.