Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Dead Calm

 Dead Calm - SOLD
24" x 48"  oil on stretched canvas

I've been painting on a larger scale lately, boats mostly, aside from my small paintings that are available at least weekly on Daily Paintworks.  I've also been enjoying using a palette knife in the larger pieces.

A knife allows more freedom for strokes and broader interpretation of a subject I find.  Yes it uses more paint and yes I get messy most of the time, but it also speeds up the process of painting. A painting this size 24" x 48" would take me a month or more to paint using brushes, but I can complete it in three or four days using a palette knife.

I use oil paint and no medium, except some turps to clean the knives and me! at the end of the session.   I use Liquitex palette knives which are reasonably priced, flexible and come in many sizes and shapes that allow ease of application over large areas and the ability to manouever around tight corners and for detail.

I still flip back and forth between looser impressionist work and the fine detail that pull me in and keeps my interest with traditional brushwork.  Its definitely a split personality for me.

5 comments:

Celia Blanco said...

Beautiful, calm and peaceful painting. The pallette knife gives the colors a wonderful texture,and I particularly love the way it breaks up the water. Beautiful work!

Jeanette said...

The simplest shapes often give the most interesting paintings I've found. I enjoy the texture the knife gives too. Thanks for your comments.

Katherine Thomas said...

Jeanette this is awesome! I love the tranquility of this composition. I can see the gentle expressiveness that you've created using the knife. I love this style from you, it seems to fit just what you want to say with your work! Beautifully done!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

great reflection of the boat in the calm water :)

Jeanette said...

Thanks so much Katherine. Funny how some pieces "speak" to you isn't it an almost paint themselves. This was one of them.