Break in the Storm, (left), is a smaller study for Breakthrough, (right). I like to work out the marks and colors prior to executing a large painting. There are many things to consider as well when you go from smallish to large to create depth and flow. This painting is made on a white panel where as Breakthrough is on the silver brushed aluminum panel.It is The silver takes a lot more paint to cover and get the desired value. The foreground is a series of quick marks made with a brayer and Payne’s grey oil paint. It is very different from Breakthrough’s pale white trail that leads the viewer into the piece. The drama comes from the contrast of the dark band of clouds enveloping the mountainous horizon. The barns give the viewer something to move past visually and breaks up the horizon line, creating depth.
Original Artwork by Cynthia McLoughlin