Now for an evening of palette knife

There are times when painting with a palette knife is really satisfying, and tonight, when with the last strokes I added the cheeks hinting of rose, I felt like I did it right. Enjoy your week everyone! The details: 6×6 inch oil paint on carton board, applying paint only with a couple palette knives. JustContinue reading “Now for an evening of palette knife”

A head from history- 40 (-ish) strokes

This challenge? Homework complete? My colors are off – done in 40 or fewer strokes with a 1 inch brush. The painting I’m using is Artemisia Gentileschi”s Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, 1638–39, Royal Collection. The original and I were both visiting Vancouver in January 2018 – what a treat to see it!    

Time for focus, so I’m off to Mass Art and Catherine Kehoe’s The Head Examined.

The secret to being a bore is to tell everything.— Voltaire (1694 – 1778) And so we eliminate details, aiming just for the essentials. Andrea and Paul were terrific models and I went 3 hours without checking my phone. I added the gouache to the drawing of Andrea at home. My studio assistant was ofContinue reading “Time for focus, so I’m off to Mass Art and Catherine Kehoe’s The Head Examined.”

To paraphrase the golfers, a bad day of painting beats a good day of everything else

I’m back in the Southwest! Painting, making cookies, watching Jeopardy with my mom, and generally being a nuisance. It’s been cooler and more intermittently cloudy than I expected. Sante Fe was spectacularly snow covered. Tomorrow to Las Cruces to visit with small children and meet a couple of bull dogs.