Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Baby Doll, little girl, ballerina

"Baby Doll"


Reworked this older painting, made a few corrections and softened some of the shadows. I named it "Baby Doll" because the whole time I was working on it I kept thinking 'she looks just like a baby doll...'

I took pictures of this little girl dancing around before the performance at an outdoor art festival. She looks a lot like one of my art students, who takes dance lessons with the same studio that performs at the festival. So I asked her mother about it and she said it could be her! I took these pictures more than 3 years ago, so that puts her at the right age too. Isn't that cool?

Media: acrylic on canvas board
Size: 8 in X 10 in (20.3 cm X 25.4 cm)

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cypress Shores 2, Florida landscape, wildlife, great egret

"Cypress Shores 2"


This started as a study of the cypress trees again. I love the negative spaces in the trees. They remind me of Christmas ornaments. I got a few good pictures of this great white egret as it kept flying ahead of our boat while we were fishing a few days ago. We went out in the evening this last time.

I wanted to use a brush instead of a knife this time. I tried to exaggerate the impressionistic look of the brush work in the clouds and the trees, and the water, and still get it to look fairly realistic.

This painting is composed from memory mostly. I made up the clouds, used my photos for the tree line, and used the photos of the egret to add him in last. I love working this way, free-handing the whole thing as I go. Leaves lots of room for changes and imagination.



Media: acrylic on hardboard
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Butterfly Wishes 4, palette knife butterfly

"Butterfly Wishes 4"


This is the fourth palette knife butterfly I have done. I like the way the knife abstracts and distorts it, so it looks like it moves!

Media: acrylic on hardboard
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cypress Shores, landscape with egret and alligator

"Cypress Shores"

Painted this palette knife painting from memory, from a fishing trip we went on last week. There were so many birds and alligators that I just had to add them, but the painting was really about the interesting shapes the cypress trees made with the morning sky showing through them.
The palette knife texture is thick and the colors are strong, I even like the way the contrast turned out this time.

Ready to frame.

Media: acrylic on hardboard
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)
Price: $275  Free Shipping in the US

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Heaven's Answer, palette knife angel

"Heaven's Answer"

I really wanted to emphasize that the focus is not on angels, they are God's messengers, they always remind us of Christ. The fallen angels will show up as lost loved ones and try to keep us from moving on. They will do anything to keep our focus off of our hope. If we aren't careful we can forget where our thoughts and prayers should be.
God asks us in His Holy Word not to grieve as those with no hope. We have the hope of a great reunion because Jesus gave his life for us. The Bible also tells us to count our trials as joy (in the book of James), and also to look ahead and not behind (Hebrews 12 and Luke 9). With His strength, and his power we can do the things he asks. Believe me, it is not easy! If you haven't asked Jesus in your life, then that is the way to find this inner strength and power that He wants to give to you.

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Media: acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
Size: 8 in X 8 in (20.3 cm X 20.3 cm)
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Changing Tides, set, seascape, beach sunset

"Changing Tides 1 and 2"

Wanted to exaggerate the texture of the sand, and really get the contrast to be the main element. It gives this scene a dramatic look. I am very happy with the way this one turned out! I plan to take it to my show at FAU next month. My display will showcase the palette knife paintings.

Set of 2 palette knife paintings,
Painting continues on all sides, no need to frame.

Media: acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
Size: 6 in X 12 inches each
Price: $450.00  USD  (plus shipping)

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Monday, September 06, 2010

Bear Side, fall scene, mountain landscape

"Bear Side"



About This Painting:
Tried another palette knife painting on gallery wrap canvas. The painting continues on the deep sides, so framing not needed.


Painted this one from memory. When I get to go back home to visit my family in Montana and Washington State, I take lots of pictures, especially if we go up in The Rockies. My older brother lives near Glacier National Park now, so I love staying at his house!


Instead of using my photographs, I just made this one up as I went along. It was fun to change, add, and rearrange things until I found this composition, which I think is very strong because of the diagonal lines and the bright colors. I added the little bear near the tree line, because I always see deer, or bear, or something, every time I go back!

Media: acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
Size: 10 in X 10 in (25.4 cm X 25.4 cm)
Price: $350 USD


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Friday, September 03, 2010

Early Fall, mountain landscape with a stream

"Early Fall"

This painting started as a palette knife demonstration, then I added more details and color when I got home. The palette knife is perfect for water because it creates a sparkling effect. Let the paint dry and gently add the bright color over the top and the texture underneath grabs the bright colors....really fun to do.
Enjoy!

Ready to frame.

Media: acrylic on hardboard
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $250 USD  Free Shipping in the US

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