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There is Light, and reflection. Every day, in our everyday surroundings we can see Light doing it's strange and marvelous thing, inviting us, or possibly warning us, depending on the color. Brilliant white contains all of the known colors, and then some that we cannot see naturally. Imagine that! Things that we cannot see with our eyes, yet they are there.

Here, we have light that beckons. In reality, the other side of this door is our sunny front porch that faces the south exposure. Even on a very cold winter day, such as the day that this piece was finished, if it's sunny, the porch is habitable. But in any case, it always beckons to me, the Light.

Inside the house, there is family, there is belonging, there is sacrifice for one another. With that knowledge, going outside into the Light is not threatening at all, but a greatest desire. You can go out the door into the day and know that your home life has your back. Will you reach for the knob? It is not locked.

This piece is 12.75x15.75x1.5 in. Oil on Birch wood panel. All of my wood panels are hand made by me, and have supports that make them absolutely flat and sturdy. This one is currently in a bare wood frame that is 2.5 inches wide and 1.5 inches deep, also hand made by me in my garage/shop. I've learned that the router is a good thing to own, along with a 13" shop planer, a large table saw...etc etc. Woodworking is now an official part of my artwork, although originally not intended. I guess that's part of stepping out the door too, you don't always know or can anticipate what's going to go on out there.


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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

February 07, 2022

Steven Curtis’s Invitation is a meditative and alluring painting with hints of surrealism. Beautifully rendered in oil, the painterly but true to life edges, shadows, crucifix, and wonderfully detailed doorknob have a mysterious and dream-like air to them that pulls in any viewer. Invitation begs more questions than provides answers. At first, it appears still and devoid of life, but the shadow of the door’s carved glass design cast against the neutrally colored wall injects movement and vitality into the work. The reflection of the carved glass on the edge of the door is particularly evocative of motion as we feel the shadows slowly move across the room as the sun makes its way around the earth. The mystery and perfect restraint of the composition is what so profoundly engages Invitation’s viewers.

It’s a great painting.

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Steven Curtis
Everyday Life, Realism
Painting - Framed
Oil, Canvas
12.75 inches wide
15.75 inches tall
1.50 inches deep
0.50 lbs
Randolph, WI, US