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My works are inspired by geology and the idea of strata. This work is an abstracted mountain landscape with the chief compositional tension coming from the diagonal white line dividing the vertical stripes from the color blocks in the lower left. I wanted to contrast the texture of the underpainting, seen between the lines, with the saturated colors laid over it. While the overlaying forms are of a single color, the texture of the brushwork they overlay gives the surface of the work more visual interest and reinforces this idea of stratigraphy and layers in geology. This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes 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!
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