Sunday, December 01, 2013
I've been busier than a one armed wallpaper hanger, as they'd say in Newfoundland. Work, travel, commissions, workshops, house issues, you name it, its all come together in the perfect storm. But I'm getting on top of it now and hope to spend today immersed in working on a commission to make sure its ready for Christmas.
Yesterday, I taught a palette knife workshop. They're always such fun, as people go outside their comfort zone and learn new techniques about paint application and colour theory. After an all day workshop where I'm on my feet for most of the time, I'm pretty tired. So I sat down in the living room, one eye on the television and the other doodling in a sketchbook and this guy appeared. Perhaps the fact that it was snowing outside or the season is approaching fueled the inspiration, or simply the fact that I like snowmen!
Sketching is my relaxant and helps me wind down and remove other thoughts from my head. But today its back to full steam ahead. I'm populating the registration links for my 2014 workshops that you can find on my website and as well, my ebook, Introduction to Painting with a Palette Knife is available there and on Etsy, as well as through Payhip. You can find the link to that on the right hand side of the blog. And if you share the link on social media, you can get a 15% discount! Just click the image link on the right to access it or the quick link below.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
In the early summer, I retired my small paintings as I wanted to work on larger pieces. These mostly 5" x 7" paintings have slept in a container in my studio all summer and fall, so I thought it may be an idea to let them see the light again.
I have relaunched my Etsy shop to put a selection of small original paintings, as well as some classic seasonal reproductions and note cards available. These small pieces make a great addition to a current collection or the starting point for a new collector. Each original painting in the small size is $50 with free shipping until December 31, 2013.
I'll be adding more things to the Etsy shop as the month progresses, so keep checking back to see if your favourite is there.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
It seems as if I've set up my universe to all come together on December 1st. Its the day that my seasonal offerings will be available from my website, including small paintings, reproductions and cards and it is the day also that my new ebook will launched.
December 1st is when my 2014 workshop list will be posted too. Oh, and there are commissions of people and animals and my own art production and a couple more workshops to deliver. Sleep and socialization is a thing of the past til mid December.
But I'm not complaining, its all great fun and I enjoy it immensely.
Here's a short promo for the ebook, enjoy and subscribe to my YouTube channel to find other technique tutorial videos that may be useful to you.
Friday, November 15, 2013
I've had my head down over a few projects in the last couple of weeks, one of which is the production of an e-book on palette knife painting. This came from frustration on my part over the last year or two on not finding any practical resources for palette knife painting that explained the process. As my experience in palette knife painting increased, so did my frustration at not having something or someone to compare notes with or help me over stumbling blocks.
As I've been teaching palette knife painting workshops as well, students are gasping for a resource that reinforces what they learned in the workshops and that need partially fueled my desire to go ahead with this book.
Necessity is the mother of invention it seems, so I decided that I would create the resource myself. This ebook is a practical reference guide for painting with knives and covers everything from tools and paint to how the different strokes are created with a knife. While not a major book (23 pages) I believe it will be a useful one in the arsenal of anyone wanting to learn more about this unique painting technique.
Creating a resource means I can be selfish and have it the way I like to see art references presented. Clear explanations and good images always cement the deal for me. And price. I want this to be as affordable as possible. As an artist its important to me to be able to share techniques and ideas and this is one way of doing just that.
I'm currently working on the final edits for the book and then deciding which is the best way to make it available. It should be ready to roll within the week and I'll have all the details on how to access a copy then.
Excerpt from the preface:
I created the Introduction to Palette Knife Painting as a reference guide for artists who are interested in learning the techniques used in palette and painting knife to create impasto paintings. It contains practical information on palette knife choice and use, paint use and characteristics, techniques to achieve a variety of surface textures, lines and paint applications, as well as tips for cleaning and storing knives...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Its inevitable that the Christmas season is just 6 weeks away and artists, like retail stores are getting ready for shoppers. Artists do tend to negate the idea that they are also businesses, but its a reality, as we have to eat and pay bills just like everyone else. Our ability to create visual art comes with the need to show it to the world, so others too can enjoy it and have something beautiful and unique to see every day.
While I have art available on my website all year round, during this season, I try to become a problem solver for people by making a range of pieces available in several price points. Not everyone has a huge budget to spend on original art, so there are cards, reproductions, small paintings, workshops and gift certificates available.
On December 1st, I'll be releasing the list of my 2014 art workshops as well as the launch of a seasonal gift suggestion page on my website and blog. There'll be a few new items as well as some classics, so save the date and perhaps I can help you with your gift list this year!
Support local artists and local business this year. Your purchase will help keep visual artists producing beauty and your gift of local art or craft will introduce that beauty into others' lives.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Thursday, November 07, 2013
18" x 24" oil
“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.”
― W. Somerset Maugham
I pulled out an old painting that was started a few years ago and decided to revitalize it using a palette knife and some intense colours. The colours I had, while quite saturated and intense, still didn't fit the vision in my head. How to really make them stand out? Fluorescent paint!
I ordered a few tubes of fluorescent oil paint from Kama Pigments and those colours...oh my, they are bright. Of course, fluorescent paint is vivid in natural daylight which contains ultraviolet light but under a black light the paint really become luminous. I don't have a black light, but may get one just to understand the effect on the paint.
Unfortunately, fluorescent paint does tend to have lightfast issues. Permanance of paint colour is rated on conditions that would represent approximately 20 years of gallery exposure. The exact time of fading for fluorescent paint under home conditions I don't know. But exposure to ultraviolet light can reduce the saturation of the colour, sometimes within an hour.
So why use a paint that is at risk of fading? The colour. Nothing else has the intensity that fluorescent paints which highlight form and pull in the viewer and I love that those tropical colours and will experiment more with them soon.
The very impermanance of something can also be its appeal.