"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.
A sienna coloured head of wheat kisses a sky of blue brush strokes at the end of a sunny day.
While most of these cyan blue shades were blended while the paint was wet, some were splattered onto the canvas for an expressive sky.
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.
The big blue sky in this painting was made in a quick flurry of brush strokes that sent paint everywhere, including my face.