40.000 x 30.000 x 1.500 inches
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Painting - Oil On Canvas
This painting is done in my own style and shows a turbulent ocean with waves crashing onto the rocks on the beach. The sky is done in the colors of a sunset but with very strong features that gives the viewer a sense of an impending storm. I painted this a few years ago and it is the first painting done like this. It was a very fast painting lasting about 1 1/2 hours. The white waves crashing into the rocks I did have to finish the next day. As inspiration I used a watercolor study that I did years ago. It gave me a solid idea of how I wanted the picture to look. When I painted this I started with a black canvas and laid in the sun first. As I worked from the sun out towards the sky I was surprised at what was appearing. I had never painted like this before and I was exhilarating. As I worked into the sea I used the colors from the sky to make it melt together. The colors of the rocks on the beach ensure the ocean and sky are not too overwhelming. The texture of the paint is thick and the viewer can see many brushstrokes. Although I had done oil painting in the past, this one changed my style completely. After doing this work I did not paint again for a few more years. When I did pick up my brushes it took several paintings to learn how to transform what I feel into works of art. I always paint on a black canvas. This allows the rich colors to pop. I also do not use any thinner. All my works are done in thick paint which helps give them great texture. It took several attempts to solidify my style and a lot of paint and canvas. I no longer have many of the older paintings, which I regret now. They showed how this style developed and had I realized this I would have kept them. This painting Horizons will always be my first and one of my most favorites. It was published in New Art International Magazine, annual edition 2012.
August 1st, 2011
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