"Beyond the Ridge"
oil on panel
When I was drawn to paint this scene it was the mood it conveyed more than the subject matter. I was actually a passenger in a car on a rainy, fall evening. This was literally at an intersection with a ditch and a hill, scraggly trees and more trees in the distant background. I guess you could say it was the clouds that gave the moment its mood. The dark clouds were breaking up and moving on as the sun was revealed with its bright contrast. Even the dry grasses of the ditch were beautiful. As were the earthy colors of autumn against the dramatic sky.
My goal was to use expressive, bold brushstrokes and color in a patchiness like the clouds and mottled lighting.