Gold Dust by Brian O'Neill - 30 x 30 inches Signed ani art academy synesthesia abstract gold leaf paint
Brian O'Neill
B. 1969

Gold Dust

Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches

My Contemporary Landscape paintings are exactly that, a current and abstracted way to view the landscape and natural world. This painting was inspired by the Fleetwood Mac song Gold Dust Woman form their mega hit classic rock album, Rumours. The first time I ever heard Stevie Nicks’ voice and this song was in 1979 at 10 years old as my father was playing the album on the turntable. I was an instant fan and remember sitting in front of the speaker getting lost in the melody, the mystery and the magic.

I was excited about using this song as inspiration for an abstract painting since it gave me yet another way to interpret sound, color and structure. The song itself can be kind of dark and brooding and yet Nicks’ voice weaves in and out of a combination of lullaby and incantation. The painting represents both light and dark, magic and the unknown. Even where colors begin to become deep the gold metal leaf fractures and spreads light into a sea of air and space much like brooding and classic song it represents.

Inspired by: "Gold Dust Woman" by Fleetwood Mac

Brian O'Neill

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