Lumos is an abstract artwork that depicts what the Harry Potter spell of light would look like in form, shape and color.
Lumos Abstract Art
Kimba Livesay, Lumos, Acrylic on Canvas 30x24x.5, 2023. In Private Collection.

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Lumos Spell

My daughter came of age with the Harry Potter stories. She could not wait for the next book or movie. She loved and still loves everything about Harry Potter. And the truth is, so do I. It’s a magical story about growing up, friendship and the fight between right and wrong. A story about the dark and the light.

I love the imagination that comes from the Harry Potter stories and one of my favorite spells is one of the simplest, Lumos. It’s the spell that lights the tip of the wand, expelling darkness. There are times I wish the spell was real. I feel a lot of darkness in our world. How wonderful it would be to banish that darkness with a one-word spell.

When I like something, I ponder what it would look like in the visual language of shape and color. So, what would the spell Lumos look like? Not the lighting of the wand tip but the energy of the spell itself. That’s how this abstract painting came into being. It is the energy of the spell.

Lumos Painting

I didn’t want a flat surface. I feel and see light in 3D, and I wanted to transfer that feeling to the canvas. I created layers using yarn, tissue paper and PVC glue. It took three weeks to create the under painting. I then turned my attention to color. Light is ALL the colors, and I wanted a shimmering rainbow to flow across the canvas. It took a while for me to figure it out. I mixed pearl acrylic paint with a pouring medium and layered the paint using a pour technique. The result was exactly what I wanted. This is what the spell Lumos looks like!

I am a little disappointed because I cannot capture the brilliance of this painting in a photograph. It dances with light and color, casting its own magical spell as it charms the viewer.


Lumos Photo 1
Kimba Livesay, Lumos, Photo 1, 2023


Abstract painting Lumos Photo 2
Kimba Livesay, Lumos, Photo 2, 2023

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