I haven't been blogging in a while because I have been doing a bit of exploring with techniques and trying to find my groove again. I have been finding that my art was becoming stagnant and I was not growing as an artist. My tight realistic style was actually stiffling me and I wasn't enjoying it as I once was. I have moved away from still life and have been doing a lot of landscapes. I always found that when I painted landscapes with a brush I was too finicky and fussy and was never happy with the results. Well all that has changed - I have discovered the PALETTE KNIFE. I am enjoying painting like I never have before and I can actually call myself a daily painter now. I do at least one if not two paintings a day! The palette knife is my new best friend. I absolutely LOVE have liberated and creative I feel when I sit down to paint. My style is slowly emerging and I see it changing almost daily. Here are some collages of a few of the paintings I have done over the past 5 months or so. I have painted at least 50 small 8 x 10 inch panels. This is a great size to do with the knife because it doesn't take me all day to finish one painting.
I was very honored to be asked to co-author this book available for sale as of August 2014 online and in many fine book stores. The book features the work of several fine artists as well as myself giving instruction on how to paint still life in acrylics. The book is beautiful and very helpful to anyone wanting to learn how to paint landscapes, still life and animals in acrylic and is full of great advice and lovely pictures explaining how to step by step.