29 August 2014

Guardian of the view - tree painting in oil using a palette knife

Guardian of the view
Palette knife painting
18x24cm (approx 7"x10")
Oil on MDF canvas panel
Available on Daily Paintworks

This painting is in response to this week's challenge on Daily Paintworks to paint 'Sky Holes'.
The model for this painting is the same one that appears in 'Sunset over the vineyard'. I love the way it twists and turns and stands guard. It was a sunny day but the clouds were starting to build up.

About this painting
This was painted on my usual pink ground after treating the canvas panel with liquitex thick gesso to give additional texture. I painted the tree very loose suggesting the different shades of the leaves in blocks. Some of the sky holes were painted back in to add breathing spaces, or to put it another way, leaving space for the birds to fly through.
Some close-ups of the knife work.

20 August 2014

Light in the Woods, palette knife oil painting

Light in the Woods
Palette knife oil painting on MDF canvas panel
18x24cm (approx 7"x10")
Available in my Etsy store

I love painting silver birch trees. This one was painted from a photo taken in Spring as the fresh growth was bursting out, but with the winter brown undergrowth being slow on the uptake! The shaft of sunshine brought the scene to life for me.
Colourful Birches
This painting shows a different treatment of the trees, I have used goauche in a thick loose impressionist way. 
Colourful Birches
Gouache painting on canvas board
17.5x12.5cm (7"x5")
Varnished so can be framed without glass
Available in my Etsy shop

08 August 2014

Provençal Sunshine palette knife painting

Provençal Sunshine palette knife painting
oil on box canvas (gallery wrapped)
25x30cm (10x12inch) x 28mm deep
One of the first sunflower paintings from my latest batch of photos taken in my recent trip to see the lavender. These fields took me by surprise. What is it about sunflowers that lifts the spirits and make the day seem happier?

Some close-ups

and how it would look framed in a floating frame.

06 August 2014

Paintings that talk to you - Sunset Glow at the Vineyard palette knife oil painting

Sunset Glow at the Vineyard
Palette knife painting
Oil on MDF canvas board, 24x30cm (approx. 10"x12")
Available on Daily Paintworks
This painting was started during the September 30 day challenge. It was slightly larger than many of the other paintings in the challenge. After the challenge I put it aside as I there was something I didn't like, but could not put my finger on it. 
The other day I looked at it again and suddenly it was clear what it needed to be finished. It was as if the painting was now ready for the final touches! Please keep this to yourselves as I don't want to be locked away for talking to paintings LOL.
See the WIP painting from the challenge HERE

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