Friday, August 1, 2008

"Warming Up" #2 (sold)

Oil on 3/4" Cradled Board
$525 US inc. s/h

I went to work this morning hoping to finish this painting and for some reason picked up a palette knife and started working on the sky area. Before I knew it, I realized that I was going to go through the whole painting with a knife. I don't think I've done a painting with a paletted knife since the 70's! I have a painting I did around 1968 with a knife and I think I have this voice inside me saying that a palette knife paintings is just "so-o-o-o '60's"!!-- no disrepect intended to those who don't have that tape playing in their heads!

That said, I love that it's gooey, the paint stands up and I finally got texture. (Click on the painting to see a close-up) I also liked how it made me less concerned with being so precise. It was fun to do--will I do it again? The jury is out on that one! I would welcome any comments!

1 comment:

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It's lively and vibrant. I love it.

It's so great when something like that happens. Before you know it you're really 'getting it', despite the unfamiliar instrument of application.
I a similar experience a few years back after watching a knife painting demo by Susan Sarback. I came home and did a really spontaneous knife painting which I really liked. I haven't done once since, but I still remember how easily that one came out.
Again, very natural motion to the horse and rider.