Friday, March 26, 2021

Seahorse, shoreline, mixed media, 3D painted plaque

Seahorse Seashore
42 x 6 inches

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 (due to the pandemic), 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 textures and stronger colors.  I like it much better!

Original knife painting
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Ready to frame
$295.00 (free Shipping in USA)

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