entitled ďBridle PathĒ
is one of Mulleianís most complicated achievements, in its attempt
the very essence of a night, soft as satin yet in a natural, though trancelike
setting, an environment
of nocturnal majesty and errant affection. In viewing the original painting
viewers experience the need
of adjusting their eyes as one would in an actual moonlit night environment.
artist spent three years studying the effects
of the soft iridescent moonlight and muted colors of night on people,
plants, trees, ground and the windmill in Golden Gate Park. So intensely
nuanced are its hues of light to shadow and shadow
to light, it began to play tricks on the artistís eyes six months into the painting.
Were the blues become greens that suddenly become reds in kaleidoscopic colors,
across the artistís vision that left him ill for four days. The painting took
one year to complete.
of moving blades,
night roam the
path like mirages
of passing faces
as a haunting
that are sanctioned
by a full moon's