Jose Vives-Atsara used the palate knife with mastery and confidence to reveal dark blue clouds, threatening sky, and a windy day that rousts about the vegetation and bank of sandy soil.
The title of this painting is "Wind" and Vives-Atsara illustrated the grasses in extended length and overlapped colors and strokes to communicate the windy movement.
The strokes are intentional and bold as he used his preferred limited signature of nine colors. The vertical and horizontal lines compete and skillfully design the effect of the unseen wind. This is not a sunny windy day, rather, a dark ominous day; even the cloud formation signifies weather change and possibly more wind with even stronger force.
The painting is respectful of nature and the beauty before and during times of wind.
©Betty Houston, Boerne Gallery