Lots of images have been buzzing in my head to paint and this abstract is one I’m really pleased with. I love rusty stuff and I was really drawn to the negative spaces and the colors for this image. It was also fun to use some acrylic garnet gel to create texture on the canvas.
I walked part of the Truckee River bike path last year and this scene with the turquoise water and bright light on the grasses really grabbed me. I had intended to paint it in acrylics, but I really enjoy the oil pastel and after painting with acrylics for so many months it was a delight to go back to the immediacy of the pastels.