Art of the Week: Zenith

This week’s selection introduces our new art editor, Darlene Yeager-Torre of Central Ohio Branch. Titled “Zenith” (digital photograph, one exposure painted with light), the image was created using a technique known as light painting.


The flower and vase are the only real objects. All other lines, shapes, textures, and colors were “painted” by using handheld lights in a dark studio.


Many light painting techniques were developed by Darlene through experimentation and are unique to her work.


After retiring from teaching art, Darlene began to pursue her own artistic vision. In 2012, after attending a workshop about painting with light, she began using, experimenting with, and inventing light-painting techniques.


Her luminous works, from landscapes to still life, are made using extremely long exposures (30 seconds to and hour) and handheld lights. To see more images, visit



Attention Pen Women! We’d love to see your best work for possible publication as Art of the Week. Please review the general submission guidelines on our web site and send only one work per email as a low resolution file. Put Art of the Week Submission in the subject line and provide the information seen in the posts (title/medium/name/branch). Your submission may then be made to Thank you!



  1. I am touched by your feedback and thank each of you for your insights and reactions. I will try to answer all questions and comments here.
    I only make limited editions of 5 or ten works each. I don’t make greeting cards, calendars, mouse pads, etc. because I’m marketing myself as a Fine Art Photographer and hope to gain gallery representation at some time in the future. They frown on commercializing photographs as cards, mugs, mouse pads, etc. And large editions are not what collectors or gallery owners want.

    The exposure for this final work took 5 minutes, 18 seconds in a dark studio. It took 7 attempts to get it right. Meanwhile, dressed in black so the camera would not “see” me, I used five different techniques I have developed through experimenting. The brilliant colors come from the lights I have modified and techniques I have invented. This particular image is reverse mounted on UV acrylic.

    Please feel free to contact me any time. I’m always happy to hear from fellow creatives.

  2. Laura Walth says:

    Love the colors! Do you make greeting cards with your art work? I hope you enter the art competition for the biennial. It’s beautiful.

  3. Exquisite

  4. Charlene Holloway says:

    Beautiful Artwork!

  5. Stunning! The colors and energy are amazing.

  6. Dorothy Kamm says:

    Your photography is awesome! I love the concept and the results of your “light painting.”

  7. Sara Etgen-Baker says:

    Wow! Breathtaking! And what a marvelously creative technique.