Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Forth Day, abstract palette knife painting

"The Forth Day"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
$550.00  ready to frame

The Daily Painters group is kicking off a tribute to our beautiful earth this month, so I thought I would start with how it all started, and pay tribute to the Almighty Creator of our beautiful earth!

Whether it took an actual 24 hour day, or whether days were long time periods, who knows? But it is so much harder to believe that every thing happened by accident than by an intelligent design. Just look at how amazing life is!

I wanted to capture that feeling of land and sea separating and the movement of the wind that may have stirred at God's voice!

Enjoy it all, even in the hard times.

And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:9


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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sail Away, palette knife painting

"Sail Away"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard

This is just a simple composition. I am practicing my palette knife paintings. Getting more comfortable with it. Still need a brush for little details. It is exciting to see how the colors all work together, especially when I put a thin layer of one color under the thick layers. It makes nice value changes. I sprayed the painting with a mist of water this time, and it helped me to be able to slow down some.

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SOLD

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Sun Up, Palette knife painting

"Sun Up"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
ready to frame

I made this up as I went along, which is a little harder than using reference photos. Forces me to follow my instincts.
I have been very interested in the rough, thick paint of palette knife painting lately. I did this one alla prima, all in one session, which has made my shoulder sore! But the way the wet-in-wet paint acts is so different than working over dry. I may have to invest in oils and give it a try! Acrylics dry quickly, so I have to work in high gear. It is fun though.
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Little Blue, wildlife art, heron

"Little Blue"
6 x 12 inches
acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
(sides are painted)

Took pictures of this little blue heron in some very shallow water, changed the back ground some so I could make him stand out more. In the photos he was blending into the marsh grasses, so I used lily pads instead.
I like the thick paint, and tried to keep the painting very fresh and loose.
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SOLD

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Morning's Song, alla prima, plein air painting

"Morning's Song"
6 x 8 inches
Acrylic on canvas panel
SOLD

I had a lovely morning. The birds were singing and the rays of sun were peeking through the trees. This is part of my husband's garden, the tomatoes and peppers are just off to the left. I added the little blue jay to convey the feeling of the singing birds.

Enjoy!

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Monday, July 21, 2008

A and D Ranch, triptych



48 x 36 inches

Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas

(Commissioned work)

Not For Sale




far left 36 x 24 inches far right 36 x 24 inches

I have been working on these for a couple of months. I plan to deliver them this week. Can't wait to see how they look in the new ranch house!

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sun Down,

"Sun Down"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
$320.00  ready to frame

Palette knife painting. Made it up from memory. Love the unusual shapes and random effects of the palette knife.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Day's End, Ocean Sunset

"Day's End"

This is from a lesson I did with my husband's great niece, Taylor. I painted each step on my board and she followed and painted each step on her board. She is ten and it was her first time . . . To much fun! I really like the way it turned out.




Media: acrylic on hardboard 
Size: 9 x 12 inches
Ready to frame



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Monday, July 14, 2008

He Loves Me, Palette knife roses

"He Loves Me"
(John 3:16)
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
Not Available

This painting started out as a study of complementary colors, mostly shades of red and green. I had more orange and blue in it also. It quickly became something that resembled roses and so I played that idea up with the shadows. I love the lively knife work, you can sense the energy and fast movement I used as I applied the thick layers of paint!

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Rising Water, plien air painting

"Rising Water"
8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas board
(canvas mounted on hardboard)
Ready to frame

This is a painting I did on location last July. I have reworked it a little because it had always bothered me. I have toned it down some and added an egret and an alligator. The alligators are often hard to see, so I hid him at the lower right. (Click on the image for zoom.)


This painting is at Lake Okeechobee. Our lake is up to an average of ten feet now. Still very low. almost two years now it has been so low.

There is a teenage boy that was attacked by an alligator here at Nubbin's Slough last month. Why he was in the water swimming at night in this area is beyond me. You can see large alligators that live here at any given time. They wait by the lock where the water flows into the lake and feed on anything that comes through.


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Out Pouring, palette knife, waterfall

"Out Pouring"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
SOLD

This is a palette knife painting. Did it as a demonstration a couple of days ago. It was fun. Lots of thick paint!

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Warm Wishes, tulips


"Warm Wishes "

acrylic on canvas, painted sides
8 x 10 inches
Not Available

Just wanted to paint some flowers. I liked the arrangement of these tulips, so I took some photos and rearranged the colors to suite me as I painted it.

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Rains On The Way

"Rains On The Way"
9 x 12 inches
Acrylic on hardboard
$475.00   ready to frame

This started as a painting lesson for the kids class (see below). I went back and added more trees, and water. I also added the birds.
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Kid's Art Camp Continued


Cassidy and Rachel


Rebekah


Marie and Haley

After creating decorative boxes and wooden signs last week, we did a painting on hardboard. Students primed and sanded their own boards and we worked together to create this lovely landscape. You can see how different they all turned out. I encourage individuality, and show them many options as they paint.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Sweet Summer, Montana Art

"Sweet Summer"
12 x 16 inches
Acrylic on canvas
(painting continues on sides, ready to hang, framing is optional)
$750.00

This is one of those paintings that holds far more than meets the eye. These are the Swede Mountains that I rode horses all over when I was 12 years old. There is a look-out-tower at the top. My friends would lend me a horse for the day and off we went, bare back, to see if we could get there. This mountain range continues off to the left, and stretches out for miles.

This pasture is the one that my brothers and I used to cross to go fishing. Libby creek is just behind the tall stand of trees. When I went back to my grandmother's old house last month I also went to the neighbor's house across the road (Paul and Virginia Miller). They were gracious and took me back behind their property where I saw this view and the floods of summer memories poured out again. I had to hold back the tears as I thanked them for including us in so many camping trips, berry picking adventures, and wonderful hikes up in the Rockies.

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Art camp continues

Here are some more of my student's work. they range in age from 8 to 14 this time. They picked out something to draw, free-handed it and painted it in acrylic on hardboard. What a great job!



Cassidy and Kylee


Jennifer and Cassandra

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