A sienna coloured head of wheat kisses a sky of blue brush strokes at the end of a sunny day.
I painted the sunset in this prairie landscape to be just touching the horizon, a sign of the bright orange and yellow display yet to happen in the sky. I enjoy painting rays of light directly in the viewer's eye, a sight we can gaze at in an artwork and not real life.
Thick yellow ochre paint was thrown onto the canvas and then spread out leaving a raised texture. This provides a 3d relief effect for the wheat, to help it stand apart from the cool background.
"Prairie Brush Strokes" gives the painted impression of what a grassland sunset looks like from the perspective of wheat; a viewpoint close to the ground emphasizing the big sky.
While most of these cyan blue shades were blended while the paint was wet, some were splattered onto the canvas for an expressive sky.
The big blue sky in this painting was made in a quick flurry of brush strokes that sent paint everywhere, including my face. This artwork was created at the Cathouse Gallery in Qualicum Beach BC, located on Vancouver Island.