A gray and purple dolphin leaps through the foaming waves. Large Painting by artist Donald Ryker in textured expressionist impressionist art style with unique impasto glaze technique.
I chose this image of a leaping dolphin because it is so joyful in its twisting movement in the air. The shadows and curves create lines that your eye follows and for me the image evokes feelings of breaking free of gravity. It is amazing that such a large animal can be so acrobatic. After painting the lights and shadows of his form in primary colors, I used many layers of glaze in blue, red, purple and finally white to give the suggestion of gray. The foaming surf is sponged icy blue tint and glazed with blues, and purples and reds to give the visual depth. Have you ever felt this joyful? Wouldn’t you want a daily reminder of that feeling? – Donald Ryker
Original Painting $10,400