16 x 20", Acrylic on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson (c) 2014
The reference photo for this sunset painting, taken during a family vacation in Mexico, suddenly became more than just a beautiful picture. A deeper significance came with the loss of a beloved family member the following week. This image began to take on new layers of meaning...comfort, loss, grief, journey, a passing from this life to the next. Gentle, tender emotions seeking solace in the middle of the night.
I was honored to accept this commission. To put brush strokes to an image that will hold special meaning in the hearts of loved ones.
|Stage 2: Painting the sky. Working with acrylics makes me paint fast and think quickly about what I want to do. Blending the clouds with softened edges was important.|
|Stage 5: Completing the painting. To complete this painting I went over it all adding touches of light, variations of color and more paint where I thought it was needed.|