This painting was inspired by a winter day near the Oregon coast. I was out taking photographs of cows (as reference material) and was really moved by the atmosphere of the morning. It was late February but a little sunshine leaked through the clouds. The leafless trees formed dark intriguing islands in the damp green pastureland.
The piece was created with acrylic paint on a piece of plexiglass. The plexiglass was then adhered to a cradled board. It comes ready to hang.
Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.
A one-of-a-kind artwork is a unique piece handmade by the artist. There is only one in existence. The work may be part of a series, however, the piece itself is unlike any other.