Friday, April 30, 2010

Midnight Fire - WIP


[updated 5.11.2010] Here's how the painting is looking now. I was going to call it done, but I'm not happy with the tree, so will probably do some more work on it. The light to dark is too 'cut' and the overall shape is too 'clean'. But, I put the easel away for a bit so I can focus on some more drawings right now.


Another palette knife painting in progress, this one is on a 30" x 15" canvas that I'm calling "Midnight Fire". The "Midnight" painting I did a few weeks ago was the inspiration, and now I have a whole collection of images in my mind. Hopefully I can do enough of these to form a series. And hopefully, I will figure out how to shoot the black paint without so much flash glare. I think I will pick up a flash diffuser and see if that helps.

Anyway, to start this painting, I first laid down an undercoat of black paint with a brush, then taped off the horizon line and cut out the tree shape with paper, also taped down to the canvas. Then I went to town with thick, heavy paint for the sun-scorched sky. I managed to get a lot of really great texture with the palette knife, and am really enjoying the freedom of it.

Now that I've posted a WIP here, I hope it motivates me to get more done this weekend.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

artSpacific Juried Art Show

Two of my works, one painting and one drawing, have been accepted into the artSpacific Juried Art Show. The show runs May 3-26 with the opening exhibition on May 3 at the Firehall Centre for the Arts in North Delta. If you're in the area stop by and check out the show.
I consider myself lucky that I got in at all. I didn't hear about the call until the week of the show and didn't have anything finished I could submit. So got to frantically painting last minute and just finished two paintings the morning of the deadline for entry! Nothing like working under deadline. ;-)

Friday, April 2, 2010


Midnight 12"x16"

My latest experiment in painting. This time with a palette knife and paint brushes. For the sky I used a palette knife and did sweeping arcs. For the trees I used the tips of a brush and dabbed the paint down much the same as I would do stippling, and for the grass I used the edge of a flat brush, dry tipped and "pulled" the paint down off the canvas.
I had fun with this one though trying to take a decent photo was extremely difficult with the glare. I don't want it to lose its vibrancy, but might have to spray it with a coat of matte varnish - or paint with a flat black.
Back to the canvas!