When painting with a palette knife, one can easily become engrossed in the process of applying paint as the "knife" gives a feeling of liberation from the sometime tedious brush application. Because of this the development of "abstract" passages occur. Palette knife painting is FUN - to me it brings about a sort of "freedom" from the "NORM" of painting.
Mountain Meadow - In The Abstract
11 x 14
Abstract is not everyone's cup of tea -- but from a painters perspective it presents a much wider opportunity for creativity and as I say ---- it sure is FUN
Acadia National Park is one of the more awesome sights I have seen. Oh it perhaps does not compete with the Grand Canyon - but for a National Seashore Park - it has all the beauty that one could want.
We spent a week there in 2012 while touring the USA in our RV and went back in the summer of 2014 to get another "Acadia" fix.
This painting is 16 x 20 on heavy linen paper - done alla prima in a loose painterly style with both brush and palette knife.
Hope you enjoyed. This painting will be for sale on my ETSY STORE site within a day or two.
Many times in the Caribbean the sunset will take on many shades of red - it may relate to the saying "red sky at night - sailors delight - red sky in the morning sailors take warning"
There are times that we get these settings here on the Gulf Of Mexico on the west coast of Florida.
24 x 12 - alla prima - heavy linen paper - done with gusto and emotion using 2 different size palette knives.
This is another in the sail boat series - done in my interpretation of Leroy Neiman's work . This is 18 x 24 done with 2 different size palette knives. This is a semi abstract piece with overtones of abstract passages. I had several intentions with this piece - bright and bold color - lots of motion and most of all to create a viewer sense of conflict, stress and urgency.
Yo my friends ---This winter in Florida has been a tad chilly as well as windy. The wind gave me the idea for this painting. This is 10 x 20 done with a palette knife on heavy linen paper. I used bold sweeping strokes from the shoulder and arm almost fully extended. A great feeling of liberation in this style of painting.
The winds and the gusts can reach upwards to 30 - 60 mph coming in off the Gulf of Mexico as well as from the north. Seeing palm trees swaying and trunks bending is common place.
The Hopi Native Americans where a very peaceful people and a very artistic people. The following painting depicts the Southwest were the Hopi made the Southwest desert their home. This painting is done with brush and palette knife in a loose painterly style on heavy linen paper using bright & bold color found throughout most of the southwest.
I sometimes like to use only 1 brush for a painting. I feel I can learn better brush handling as well as controlling the use of only portions of the bristles as needed. it can be a challenge but I feel the effort is worth the learning experience. This painting was done entirely with a #24 long handled brush using a dry brush method wet into wet with a loose painterly style. This was also done without a sketch or drawing - a level line was drawn in for the horizon and the rest is brush work.
This painting is 10 x 20 on heavy linen paper. Painted in a loose painterly style with the bright and bold colors so well know in the Southwest. The Southwest holds a special place in my heart having live in Arizona for 7 years and New Mexico for 5 years.