On a Calm Day

Texture is the main element used in this painting. Starting with a gessoed canvas and adding light modeling paste, the surface was then molded, flattened and twisted to create lots of valleys and ridges. After all had dried, I mixed my paints and started blending lightly on the surface. Some of the ridges took the paint differently, creating shadows and soft shapes. I decided to let the texture be the road map, and this is where it took me. Often it is hard to know when a painting is finished. That is an often asked question in classes and workshops. And more often than not the artist will reply something to the tune of "you will know when the painting is finished." I felt like this one was saying..... "STEP away from the painting!" I wish they were all this cooperative!
On a Calm Day
20" x 20"
Acrylic on Canvas