Wednesday, May 25, 2011

'Augusta 12th' - Golf Course Series

"Augusta 12th"

This is my original impression palette knife painting of Augusta National's 12th hole.  I use a wet-on-wet impasto technique to create the layers and depth of the landscape. The texture is heavy and the colors deep.  And realistically, it could take months to dry.  

Attending the Masters is on my list of things to do before I die.  Who knows, maybe the gentlemen at the beautiful Augusta will take a trade; Painting for a ticket. Going once... going twice... I guess I'll keep my options open.  


Pebble Beach 7th

'Pebble Beach 7th'
24" x 36" x 1"

I love to golf.  To me, there is nothing (aside from painting) that clears my head better than 18 holes on a sunny day.  I'm not thinking about the groceries I need to stop and get or what book report I need to remind one of the kids to finish up; all I'm thinking is it's a 7 iron to the center of the green. 

I wish I could say I'm a scratch golfer but my handicap card has a few double digits on it.  My local club is Hobble Creek.  It's fantastic!  Nestled in the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon you're surrounded by blankets of trees, the sound of running water and the occasional wild turkey or deer making it's way across the fairway.  One Saturday morning, I remember teeing off the first hole and a moose came strutting across the fairway.  He causally wandered his way into the pond and dunked his head in the water.  It was so beautiful!   

In honor of my love of golf I started this new series this week.


'Sunset Rig' - the "oil-oil painting"

'Sunset Rig'
30" x 20"
Little bit of irony... 
I painted this "oil" painting for my husband who works in the "oil" industry.  This is my Oil-Oil Painting.  

If you're interested in a similar painting by subject, design or style please inquire about a commission via the email address at the top of the page.

*Orange and yellow sunset with an oil rig silhouette painted using palette knife and impasto gel. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tools and Texture

I love love love the texture the palette knife brings to a canvas.  This week I bought a few new palette knives to try out. The texture you can get from a different kind of knife is pretty remarkable.  For me I always use a round circular knife for flower petals.  You get a nice pull of the paint when you lift it from the canvas that mimics the natural petal pretty nicely.  Anyone up for a knife party?

After completing a few color studies this week I was left staring at this:

and this:
Dear paint, 
Will you please stop yelling at me?  I see how those petals jump off the panel and it makes me want to break the "Please Do Not Touch" policy.  I know you're just laying there enjoying the hardening of your skin and the crispy air but in all fairness this has to stop... please.  I can't concentrate.

Your Texture Loving Artist

*PS. These paintings are available for collection at

Monday, May 9, 2011

Floral Color Study I

I wish I could come up with a word to describe palette knife painting.  Sometimes I feel like I'm sculpting more than painting.  Paintsculpting is really what it is.  I love the globs of painting to jump off the canvas and even better for me is when I fight the temptation to run my fingers across the hills of paint.  Yummy!

In working hard to up my inventory for a show in San Diego I'm experimenting with colors, florals and texture. Here is the latest.

Floral Color Study I
11" x 14"