Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Just Because

I love this softer color palette with the bright pops of orange. For this painting I used a very limited palette of five colors and white: cadmium yellow medium and light, sap green, alizarin crimson, and cerulean. It makes for such nice color harmony.

Continue to enjoy painting the flower bouquets using my palette knives. They require a LOT of paint on these larger canvases (although this particular one isn't too large) to get that thickness and those great knife marks. Enjoy!

12x16 oil on 7/8" gallery wrapped canvas

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A New Journey

This painting was a commissioned piece done for a friend who just moved to a new city. It's always tough to leave that first home. I hope this will be a treasured keepsake, a painting of the house where their babies were born.

8x8 oil palette knife painting

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Watercolors Practice

When I'm short on time, looking for inspiration, or checking to see how a painting works, I often get out my pen and watercolors. The pen is to challenge and grow my drawing skills, so not to get too fussy about my marks.

The transparency of watercolors and the light airiness they give to a painting is such a contrast to the thick application of oil that is used with my palette knife paintings. It's always a nice change. Here are some of the little paintings in my journal. You might recognize a few of them from works I've also done in oils.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bittersweet Bouquet

The seasons are changing right before my eyes! As always I am reluctant to say good-bye to summer. One perk to ease my pain is that the trees are already in full color change here in Southern Wisconsin. This painting is my attempt at embracing fall--this being the first day of October and all. :)

18x18 on 7/8" gallery wrapped canvas

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