Thursday, March 31, 2011

Winter Shore - SOLD

Winter Shore
6 x 8, oil

I guess I'm still in winter mode, just like our weather around here. Right after my palette knife frenzy last Friday I still had and hour and a half before the school bus, so I did another little painting. This time -without- the palette knife, just so I could make sure I could still use a brush!

I'm sure other artists can relate, but every time I set out to paint something it's like I have to mentally convince myself that I know how to do it. The more time that passes between paintings, the harder it is to believe I might be able to do it. Such a maddening endeavour, painting!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Field's Edge

Field's Edge
8" x 10", oil

I always struggle with skies so wanted to try something different. This was a first for me, but I got out the palette knife just to do the sky, then something happened and I couldn't put it down! I ended up doing the whole thing with the palette knife since it was so much fun. I'm generally not a big fan of palette knife paintings, they remind me of those big abstract paintings of the 70's that look like they were done with a spackle knife. I now see how it could become really addicting!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

6 months later...

Winter Cut
8 x 10, oil

Finally back with a painting. I'm trying to get myself to paint larger, so that means bigger brushes. I'm pretty hooked on flat brushes now so when I discovered that my large brushes were all filberts I had to get out the scissors. I'm sure this is a big no-no, but it actually worked out OK. I WILL be shopping for some larger brushes tho.

Almost all the snow has melted now, but after a fresh snow this winter I went out to the marsh and took some photos. With the sun low in sky the shadows on the snow get so dramatic. The path through the marsh looked so sharp in the sun, just cuts through the peaceful winter scene.