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Rain has been a bit of a scarce commodity around southeast Texas for most of the past few years. I've always loved the rain. I love the smell and the sound, but most of all I love the strange, eerie quality the light can take on with dark clouds overhead. It lends an almost iridescent quality to the green fields. On this particular day my sweetheart and I were returning home from lunch when suddenly the sunny day turned dark and storm clouds took over the distance. They trailed rain as they swept along, drenching some areas and seeming to leave other spots untouched and dry. I made a mental image of the scene and started to work on this canvas when I made it back to the studio. The challenge here was to keep the overall blue and green color scheme, dark clouds against the vibrant grass, while still having enough variety to keep it interesting. I wanted to really set off the green in the foreground so I added some violets to the field near the trees and some dark purple to the edge of the cloud. There's a lot of subtle color shifts in the light clouds and sky, and a variety of hues ranging from dull oranges to reds in the trees and grass. I think I managed to keep the balance and the tense feeling of the storm in the distance without getting too lighthearted and "impressionistic" about it while indulging my love for thick paint and brushwork. This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang.
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