Cerulean blue is one of my favourite colours to work with. Combined with cadmium orange, it allows me to grey out in various passages.
I wanted this to be all about the dress and just have the figure dissolve into the background.
Building up all the background took many layers of oil paint glazes and then scraped once again to achieve this aged texture.
If I had more than 15-feet of wall then I would have kept on going. The letters represent the layout of a dressage arena.
I wanted a strong contrast of lights and darks.
This was all about the power of motion and the horse and rider connection.
Horse and rider becoming one.
Painting plein air when the weather permits teaches me to be more observant with the colour of light.
Challenge was to have the bear be a part of its environment without blending in too much, hence the emphasis on the fish.
Inspiration came from visiting the Sunshine Coast with arbutus trees glowing unexpectedly out of rock formations.
I love to ride my horse through Campbell Valley Park. Can't help but be inspired to do a series!
Big brushes, big paint, big water!