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This painting is my latest creation based on one beautiful late afternoon in the early Spring when I was walking my chocolate lab along the bluffs south of Half Moon Bay. As we finished our walk some spectacular storm clouds rolled in along the Pacific Ocean. The vivid colors and subtle patterns were breathtaking! Every few seconds the sky would change in color, tone and pattern. I spent the next hour taking hundreds of photos of these beautiful skies in an effort to commit to memory as much as possible. This particular image captures the last lingering clouds, displaying a delicate range of violets, greens, pinks, and blues. This painting is created on a gallery wrapped canvas with the image continuing around the sides so that framing is not required. It is varnished, wired, and ready to hang.
Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!
Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.
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