Mountain Pass

Oil painting by Cynthia McLoughlin, blue sky over a purple road winding through a red and amber abstract mountain pass.

I have been experimenting with my Road Series. I have a client who was in need of art for a very large wall and given the direction of using a bright color palette for a road painting composition. I came up with “Sidewinder,” (on the left).  It screamed for a  companion piece so  I decided to flip the colors and instead of lots of texture, I used very little.  I  got a bit frustrated with the sky,  so started moving the paint around with a squeegee.  The new medium I am using dries super fast and I was able to pull the orange of the sky right over the blue mountains , which had dried overnight.  I love the halo effect, it is like a veil of color, one shows through the other.  After that dried I went back in with a purple glaze to give it a little more depth. My favorite part of “Into the Light” is the dark purple overpass that frames the sky and pushes it back even further in the picture plane. The viewer comes out from under the overpass and into the light. A metaphor for our desire for happiness!

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