"Paintings from a natural frame of mind"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Aspen Glow - Large Palette Knife

24x171/2 Oil on gessoed hardboard
no framing needed 
- Palette Knife Painting -
SOLD - Thank you!

FUN, FUN, FUN!!! If you asked me what I love the most about palette knife painting it would be hard to pinpoint one simple answer. I seem to just go to another place in time. I am not so serious and don't usually over think the process because I know that I'm not trying to get little details right or exactly this or that line right. I do think a lot about the values and whether to use thick or thin paint, if I don't get those right you wouldn't be able to tell what is what from a distance. Ohhh, and don't even get me started on how much fun it is to layer on the THICK paint! 
This painting turned out even better than I'd hoped for. 

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Here are a couple of photo's showing the process.
Gorgeous Thick Details

original small study
 Sketches for the larger painting
Mixing and applying paint

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Classroom Studies

12x16 oil on canvas - Simple Shapes study
10x12 Oil on linen - Paper Bag Study

8x10 Oil on Linen - Plein air study, just gathering information

Here are couple of really fun studies from the class I'm taking with Ron Arthaud. This class is very laid back and fun. Most definitely making me think outside of my Box! The last is a quick plein air study from earlier this week when I was able to get out in MY classroom in the snow for painting and a little cross country skiing before the weather took a turn for the worst.

Below is the beginning of a larger palette knife painting.
For this painting I work on a section and let it setup (dry) for a few days so when I start putting on the next layer of thick paint it won't muddy up my sky and distant mountains. I am sure praying this painting turns out...love it so far!

Palette Knife Oil on chessoed hardboard

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