For this painting I used a big, flat two inch brush, because I wanted it to have a brushy, abstract look. It took some discipline for me on that part because I love my brushes.
These shots will give you some clues as to how the paint was laid down.
In some places I really spread the paint, especially on the lower layers, and in some spots I laid the paint down really heavily. In places I splattered dots and line, going back in places to cover the colors, and to have only the raised texture showing.
Complimentary upon complimentary.
With the clouds, I used a lot of acrylic gel medium to spread the paint out and slow the drying time a bit. I like the layers of color showing through one another, and enjoy the breezy feeling in the clouds.
This was somewhere in one of the trees. Once again, they asked for something that was somewhat abstract. The closer you look, the more abstract it becomes.
I think that might be the only spot in the entire painting where I did this; I agree with Matisse - he said he couldn't understand why artist mixed and muddied their colors, preferring the bright bold ones. Generally, I just lay them down, side by side. But in some cases, mixing for neutrals is just the right touch.
Oh, well. Got to see it in person.
Throughout the painting, I used a lot of acrylic gel medium. It allows you to see through layers of paint to the colors below them.
Sooo. painting done. Now all we have to do is transport the panels and get them hung. I have a feeling that that in itself is going to be no small job!