Friday, March 26, 2021

Seahorse, shoreline, mixed media, 3D painted plaque


Seahorse Seashore
42 x 6 inches
$250.00

A friend of mine got this plaque for me, it was varnished wood.  I had to strip it, sand it, and prime it before I could even begin painting it!  It was well worth the time and energy!  Once I started painting the blues and teals I fell in love with it.  When I added the beads and shells and more details, I wasn't sure if I would be able to part with it!



The eye is made from a small shell that had a pinkish color to it and a cool spiral pattern on it.  I turned it so the shape of the shell curved up in the back, like the eye is looking down a little. I painted black around it and added black for the pupil. I added pearlescent shine just below the eye and some tiny beads. 

I love these shells for fins!




The tail has beads and a shell, but it needed more, so I added some shallow waves to tie it in with the rest of the seahorse.

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Sunday, March 07, 2021

Mountain Rush, waterfall, knife painting

 

"Mountain Rush"

I have a done a few of this scene as demonstration paintings. This one I decided to go back and rework the entire painting with palette knives.   This makes it unique and more interesting as it becomes full of new color mixtures and thick textures.  Knife paintings are a little harder, especially if I want details and realism, so I have to remind myself to keep it suggestive.  I do use tiny brushes for the extras (like the eagle). 

I wanted to use knives because of the rough texture in the rocks, which a palette knife renders very nicely.  

Original knife painting
Acrylic on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Ready to frame




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Spring Calf, knife painting


"Spring Calf "

This was a small demo for an art lesson I did a few years ago.  After closing my gallery and teaching studio, I started reworking some of the demonstration paintings to finish them up.  (While I am teaching, I spend most of my time with my students and my paintings usually get left unfinished.) 

 I am doing a lot of knife paintings these days and wanted to load this one up with thick texture and stronger color.  I like it much better!
Enjoy!

Original knife painting
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Ready to frame
$150.00 (free shipping in the USA)


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Morning Splash, beach, seascape, watercolor

 

"Morning Splash"

I painted three of these (three tries), each a little different. (See below for how I tried to fix the sand on the first one.)  I was practicing different ideas for the sand and ended up liking the use of a tooth brush over a fan brush because the grain of the sand turned out smaller and a little easier to control. 

Watercolors are a little more difficult for me because mistakes are harder to correct.  With acrylics I can paint over things and change my mind as often as I want.  I usually start over with watercolors if it is not capturing my intended effect.  In this series I did salvage the two that I was not as happy with, and I ended up with three nice paintings.  The one featured below has a little more depth with the extra sand dune.

Watercolor on acid-free paper

11 x 14 (including the mat)

Ready to frame (should be framed behind glass)

$175.00 (free shipping in the US)


A note about framing: Artwork on paper should be framed behind glass with a mat around it to keep it off of the glass and protect it.  This includes photographs and prints on paper.  Those on canvas or wood should not be framed behind glass.  Original oils and acrylics are usually done on canvas or wood and need to breath.  If they are done on paper or matboard they should be framed behind glass with a mat to keep them off of the glass. (Glass can trap moisture and ruin the artwork.) 

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"Morning Treasure"

watercolor

11 x 14inches (including mat)


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Monday, February 08, 2021

Transparent Shore, small wave



"Transparent Shore"


Just finished this one! It is a take off from "Invitational" (see below), but this is much smaller.  Also, I experimented with painting it on a royal blue mat.  I primed the matboard with a clear primer so I could use the deep blue for some of the shadows.  I used the acrylic paint in glazes to get some interesting layers of colors. Then I used the paint thicker for a more opaque and solid effect in the sand area.  I added the foam and splash last to give it more movement and contrast.  I sealed the whole painting with professional grade semi-gloss acrylic sealer.

This small painting took longer than most, but I enjoyed it immensely!

Acrylic on mat board
Ready to frame (should be framed behind glass)
8 x 10 inches (including mat)
$125.00 (Free shipping in the US)



A note about framing: Artwork on paper should be framed behind glass with a mat around it to keep it off of the glass and protect it.  This includes photographs and prints on paper.  Those on canvas or wood should not be framed behind glass.  Original oils and acrylics are usually done on canvas or wood and need to breath.  If they are done on paper or matboard they should be framed behind glass with a mat to keep them off of the glass. (Glass can trap moisture and ruin the artwork.) 

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"Invitational" © 2020
12 x 24 inches
Acrylic on canvas
SOLD
 

Friday, February 05, 2021

Hot Pink, hibiscus flower, knife painting


 "Hot Pink (hibiscus)"
original knife painting

This started as a yellow flower when I did the demo for an art class in 2019.  I never finished it, so when I came across it last week I decided to use a knife to add some detail and strengthen the contrast. For some reason I was just not the mood for yellow!  I wanted to play around with red violet and really push the shadow in the center by adding dark purple.  

I also love the softer background, which is part of the original demo.  So the contrast of the softer (more blended) brush work in the background is emphasized by the thick almost abstract effect of the texture from using the knife on the petals and the small leaf.  That was what I was experimenting with.  I tried this a couple of times recently, but did not get the results I was after.  This one turned out as I had hoped it would!

Enjoy!

8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Ready to frame
$90.00 plus shipping


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Spring Breezes, seascape with flowers, knife painting


 "Spring Breezes"
Original palette knife painting

This was started as a video lesson, but when I went back to finish it later I decided to add the flowers blowing in the wind.  I love the thick impasto effect of the knife work in the flowers. It was fun to use more paint than usual and challenge myself to leave it alone and not detail it out!

Enjoy!

8 x 10 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Ready to frame
$75.00 plus shipping


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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Crashing Waves, shore line, mixed media knife painting


"Crashing Waves"

I love these transparent waves! This was originally a knife painting, then I got carried away with extra thick gesso and gel medium for the texture in the splash.  After that I added some beads and clear aquarium stones for extra bling.  I put it in a custom wood frame with a gold lip.  The frame really sets it off (see below).

9 x 12 inches
Original mixed media
Custom wood frame
$190.00


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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Morning Flight, angel, knife painting


"Morning Flight"

This was a demonstration for a video lesson, but the video cut off during the session and I didn't know it. I did the whole thing thinking I was still recording!  LOL.  I went ahead and did another demo knife painting with the angel facing the other way, which recorded fine. I think this one turned out better, so I framed it up first. 

 I like the transparency of the angel and the soft colors. I also like the way the bottom could be sky or water.  Palette knife paintings lend themselves to abstract qualities which leaves room for the imagination. It is also fun to load up thick amounts of paint and smear it all together.

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Acrylic knife painting
11 x14 inches 
Rustic teal custom frame (see below)
$170.00  plus shipping


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Friday, January 08, 2021

Indian Hills Morning, palette knife, plein air painting


"Indian Hills Morning"

What a beautiful day yesterday!  Wonderful cool weather, partly cloudy, and the birds singing to me!  I haven't been able to do very many paint-outs, so I was excited to get back out there.  It was well worth the drive over!  The Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast met at Indian Hills Recreational Area, in Fort Pierce, Florida.

This painting turned out great, but it was actually a failed attempt at a new technique!  I wanted to use a brush to create a dark underpainting and then add the thick knife work over the top in bright colors.  I ended up painting over the underpainting entirely, so I will have to try that idea again.  I am usually a little stingy with the amount of paint I add, so I was also working on applying generous amounts of color.  I got carried away with all the thick textures.  I did like the way the underpainting gave me a guide as I slapped more blobs of paint onto the support!


Here is the painting in progress.  The palms were off to the right of my easel.  I added some more highlights and the egret when I got home.  



8 x 8 x 1 1/2 inches,
Acrylic palette knife, original Plein Air painting,
Sides are painted, framing is optional (see below),
$275.00



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