Sunday, June 28, 2009

9 x 12 inch oil "Baldy Mountain"

This is another painting done with the knives. I used a lot more color than I usually do in this painting, trying to loosen up. Using the knife helps me in that respect, as I cannot blend and I can not get every detail in as with a brush.

8 x 8 inch oil "Ghost Trees #2"

I have been getting a lot of painting done this weekend. Having a lot of fun with the pallett knives. These paintings are quick and fun. Hope you enjoy.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

8 x 8 inch oil "Ghost Trees"

This is another attempt with the pallett knife. I am really enjoying using the knife although I believe there is quite a technique to be learned to be successful with it. More experiments to follow.


8 x 10 inch oil

This is a scene I have painted before but I wanted to do a little experimentation using a pallete knife and lots of thick paint. I put on bright block-in colors first, added another layer of local color and scraped back a bit with the knife. This was totally out of my comfort zone, especially with the bright colors but it was a fun little painting.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

4 x 6 inch oil "Low Tide"

This painting was done on location at a favorite spot of mine for watching birds and wildlife. I had just set up my paintbox and it started to rain, so I managed to do a quick sketch on location and finished the rest up in the studio.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

11 x 14 inch oil "Apples and Pot"

This painting is a departure from my normal style of painting. Instead of brushing on the paint, I dabbed it on after putting a layer of color in the forms. It didn't start out this way, but I was not liking how it was turning out, so I switched my technique. Sometimes you just have to do that!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

8 x 10 inch oil "Bowl of Grapes"

I had a very sucessfull weekend as far as painting goes. This one just seemed to just flow effortlessly. I decided that I was not going to do any layering of my oil , just lay the color where I wanted it and leave it be. Also I did very little blending and I really like the effect. The total painting only took around 5 hours versus many hours if I was to layer. I think I will try this technique again. I have another still life all picked out.

Monday, June 15, 2009

20 x 24 inch oil "Orange Rose"

I have been working on this one for a couple of days, and for the size of it, it has gone pretty quickly. I discovered it is really hard to get a decent orange with only cadium yellow pale and permanent alizarim red. I think I will get another yellow to add to my pallett.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

6 x 8 inch oil "Mill Bay Beach"

I did this little plein air today while relaxing at the beach. It was a beautiful day for painting by the sea!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

16 x 20 inch oil "Cobble Hill Wild Flowers"

This painting is hot off the easel from my own reference taken from a farm very close to my home. The photo was taken late in the evening and I loved how the sun highlighted the grasses in the foreground. I did struggle with the wild flowers and the foreground grasses, but overall I am happy with it.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

8 x 10 inch plein aire "Poppies"

This is my very first attempt at doing a "plein aire" painting. I had to try out my new portable painting box so I went into my backyard and spotted these poppies and gave it a go. This was a quick, fun way to do a little painting and I definitely will be doing this again.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

20 x 16 inch oil "Blue Jug"

This is another go at using The Carder Method. I don't think I quite have the hang of it yet, but i am learning as I go. It is hard painting from real life! It is so hot out in my studio lately, that I had to finish this one up faster than usual. The paints were drying too fast, even with all the Delq added. I really need to buy a small fridge to keep my paints and palett in.