The namesake for “Flailed to a Sky” came from the raw, visceral painting approach I used when I mixed thick blue paint on the canvas and then flailed heavy gobs of paint onto it. The aggressive brushstrokes threw paint on with an energetic look.
The sunset in this painting was created with some paint flailing and splattering, yet mainly by moving wet yellow, magenta, and orange paint in large, runny drips. Drip painting allows the paint to form fingers that expand the light of the sunset into the cool sky.
I wanted to capture the rich, vivid light of a warm sunset against the cool pthalo blue mountains that are the first in line contrasting flatlands. An old dirt road, leading to the mountains, and large green drips suggesting lush fields are in the foreground.