Journeys

Oil on metal by Cynthia McLoughlin, deep blue sky over a tilted blue/grey road to infinity.
“Full Tilt”, 37″ x 39″, oil on aluminum, $5100

I love visiting new places, taking photos to help me remember what I find unusual, to capture a composition or the light; gentle reminders on which to build a painting and convey my ideas.

Oil painting by Cynthia McLoughlin, blue sky over a purple road winding through a red and amber abstract mountain pass.
Sidewinder, oil on brushed aluminum, 39″ x 39″, $5300

The ride from Park City through Parley’s Pass is a beauty!   The road snakes its way between the mountain walls on either side of the pass. I received such a positive reaction to the bright colors in my “Sunset” series last summer, I decided to parlay that into my Journeys Series.

Into the light, oil on brushed aluminum. 39" x 39", $5300
Into the Light, oil on brushed aluminum. 39″ x 39″, $5300

I really like layering complimentary color glazes over each other.  In the painting above, I initially had hatch marks in the sky, similar to “Sidewinder” but wasn’t happy with it.  I took a big squeegee and pulled the color out of the sky and let it overlap the surrounding areas. You can see the hatch-mark remnants at the top of the sky. I really like having some type of threshold to create space. The overpass in this panting is a bit less traditional as it is above rather than below the main focus of the piece.

Cynthia McLoughlin © 2019
LA Sky, 27″ x 27″, oil paint on a brushed aluminum panel, $2250
cynthia McLoughlin © 2019
“Butterfly Wings”, oil on brushed aluminum, 27″ x 27″, $2250

I love the movement of a landscape in abstract form.

Rainbow bright mountain pass with a tilting road.
Kaleidoscope, oil on aluminum panel, 39″ x 39″, $5300

I was cleaning out, (procrastinating), my art supplies and found my fat stick, oil crayons! It is always fun to experiment and I loved the acid green color.  I wanted to use that hot acid as the sky and highlights on the hot spots on the mountains.  Since that color is so bright, I pumped up all the colors! Imagine this piece in a modern, white walled home!

Silver relief mountains and road brings the viewer to the horizon of a dramatic, stormy blue sky. Cynthia McLoughlin©2018
Silver Road, oil on aluminum, 39″ x 39″, Sold
Oil on metal, deep blue sky over a tilted blue/grey road to infinity. cynthia McLoughlin © 2018
“Midnight Ride”, oil on brushed aluminum, 39″ x 51″, $6900

In Big Sky Country is typically Montana but out here in Utah, we also have an amazing view of the sky which is particularly beautiful at night.  Our county has a dark sky ordinance which only enhances the beauty of the stars, planets and milky way. I really tilted the road in this one to create more energy and dynamic; the silver comet is pulled from under the paint with great care using steel wool to keep the edges soft, contrasting the hard hash marks in the road.

Abstract landscape painting with charred earth tones and a sweeping, blurred terrain.
Lava Road, 36″ x 51″, oil on steel, $6400
Oil on metal, mountain road curving around through the pass in summer with exposed orange/brown rock face and green mountain scrub.
“Switchbacks” , oil on brushed aluminum, 40″ x 40″, $5600

Early morning sun bathes Parley’s Pass in a moving symphony of warmth.

Through the Glade, by Cynthia McLoughlin, oil on brushed aluminum,15" x 15", $825
Through the Glade, oil on brushed aluminum,15″ x 15″, $825
Oil on metal deep blue sky with swirling words and phrases over a tilted blue/grey road to infinity. cynthia mcloughlin © 2018
“Electrical Storm”, 19″ x 38″, oil on aluminum, $2200

Words and phrases of positivity subliminally form clouds in the sky. Let them enfold you on your journey.

Aramis, Porthos & Athos, oil paint on a brushed aluminum panel, 15″ x 15″, $800

The world doesn't stop to notice the peaceful sunrise. Traffic races under the reflective red signals, the viewer is forced to stop and see nature at its best.
Shine On, 19″ x 38″, oil paint on a brushed aluminum panel, $2200

California has its own kind of light: reflections and halos at dawn.

cynthia mcloughlin©2019
Icy Twilight, Oil paint on brushed aluminum, 16″ x 16″,$975
Oil painting of a highway winding through the desert.
Desert Highway, oil on brushed aluminum, 27″ x 51″, Sold
An icy road winds through the mountain pass and slips under a silver bridge. A blue/green sky drips and reflects over this cold landscape. Cynthia McLoughlin©2018
“Skating on the Bridge”, 51″ x 51″, oil on aluminum panel, Sold

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