As the breaking clouds reveal
If there is anything to be loved, a ray of sunshine is one of them for sure. A Rock and a Ray should help you to see the sunshine on a cloudy day. This painting is a great reminder that even though the clouds may cover up the sun, soon the rays will shine through the clouds. My painting Outlook is a great example of how rays break through clouds and light up the world.
To brighten our lives
The urge for me to create a piece of art goes hand in hand with my desire to find positive inspiration in life. I try to pick themes to paint that articulate the positive as much as I can. The idea of a scene out in nature to draw that positive energy from has me painting with joy. As I was painting this piece I noticed the clouds did a sufficient job of describing the sun. I had even painted the ball of light correctly in the natural scene, but still something was missing. Then I remembered the fun I had with A Moment in the Sunlight and the new technique I used to make the rays more transparent. It was clear to me then, that I could use the same technique on this painting. The rays really give a rounded look to the whole painting.
A rock and a ray of light
Adding the rays really helped to bring the piece to life. I noticed that the foreground was very uniform and grassy. The obvious choice was to add a rock in order to ground the painting. A Rock and a Ray is the perfect way to enhance your environment. Its rays and the general beauty of the scene fill the room with a sense of wonder. With the golden clouds above and shimmering water below, you really can’t go wrong placing this gem. I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I did when creating it.