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Friday, May 14, 2010

Rest Stop View

Rest Stop View Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 12" x 16" x 1.5" Available at $125.00, includes shipping. Detail of Palette Knife work below. This one isn't quite finished, but my hand got tired, weilding the knife, and it's basically done except for the sides, top and botton, which will also have to be knife work. (no frame needed) The left side is a lot harder for me, since the knife has to cross my body in my right hand, and curve backwards, so the strokes are a bit different there. But it does give it more variation and texture. I've priced this one a little higher since it's taking soooo long, all those little tiny strokes. Nel

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rocky Creek Revised - SOLD

Rocky Creek, Revised Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 12" x 12" x 1.5" SOLD at $65.00 plus shipping. Original below. I'm having fun with the palette knives. This painting never sold, done from April 18th, so I figured I'd play with it a little more, see if I could improve it. Changed the rocks, changed the background a little, changed the values some, and made it generally richer. And of course, a lot more texture. I'm starting to like the palette knife work. What do you think? (Gallery wrapped, no frame needed. Tha painting extends all around, and yes, that got changed too.) Nel

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Corridor of Light

Corridor of Light Palette Knife in Oils on Stretched Canvas, 12" x 12" Available at $60.00 plus shipping. Detail of Knife Work Below: I wanted to try a landscape with the Palette Knife, so this is an imaginary scene, very simple. Done entirely with palette knife. It's really fun, and the possibilites for subtle work are so there. Most of the strokes on this one are done with just the tip of the knife, so there's a lot of texture involved. I think it still needs a ripple or two, but as wet as it is, I didn't want to mess it up, I may put them in when it's just a bit drier. Nel

Monday, May 10, 2010

Palette Knife Still Life - SOLD

Palette Knife Still Life Oil on Stretched Canvas, 11" x 14" SOLD at $60.00 plus shipping. A challenge today for me. The palette knife is not comfortable for my hand, and I mean for it to become a useful tool, so today I set out to try my hand at a still life with the knives I have. There are definite advantages; your colors stay clean and you don't contaminate them, they can mix on the painting. Easy wipe, clean tool. Disadvantages too; it's an awkward tool and edges and control are hard. Okay, I cheated a little bit with brushes, but not much. Nel

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Polka Dot Bowl with Fruit - SOLD

Polka Dot Bowl with Fruit Oil on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 8" x 8" x 1.25" SOLD. This one is done by request, using the techniques from the book, Capturing Radiant Light and Color..., by Susan Sarback. I had to sit down last night and review the book, since it's been awhile since I read it and tried to follow some of her instructions. It didn't come back easily, this one was a struggle. I still have to extend the painting around the edges, but I think I'm pretty happy with the end results. Hope the collector is too! Nel
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