Monday, April 8, 2013

Sneak peek at new series "buds"

My most popular painting is a painting called "petals". It's large globs of painting in bright neon colors in a abstract format. I've decided to release a new series in this similar style entitled "buds".

"Mint & Tangerine" was created using similar technique and style. Large buds of impasto color in turquoise, gray, white, tangerine, orange, mint.

I imagine this hanging in a modern family room or child's bedroom. The great thug about this style of painting is that it works for girls bedroom art, boys bedroom art, common area art.

I'm interested in trying this style in several color palettes. If your interested in custom palette knife paintings, please message me for an order.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Abstract Modern Thick Impasto Palette Knife Painting

I never thought I'd be one to paint a painting to match my sofa or room colors but I'm sort of obsessed with charcoal gray, black, cream and mint green color palettes right now and I have yet to find a painting in these colors that catches my eye so I figured why not see what I could come up with.

Here it is:

Maybe I'll put it in my front room... 

 Just in case you don't realize how much paint I used, take a closer look.

The look inspired me to create an entire series called "Marbles". If you have any color combinations you'd like me to try, please let me know. 

Modern impasto palette knife painting for sale in mint, charcoal, gray, silver, black, cream and white. The balls of paint stick off the canvas and make you want to touch them. 

Fancy Easter Eggs... Artist Style

A few days late but had to share these amazing Easter Eggs courtesy of Artilleries: Easter Chef d'Oeufres:
I love the impressions of these famous paintings a la Easter egg.

Famous artwork inspirations include:
Son of Man, Magritte
Composition, Mondrian
Starry Night, Van Gogh
Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, Lautrec
The Scream, Munch
Bridge over a Pool of Water Lilies, Monet
The Old Guitarist, Picasso
Velvet Underground Cover, Warhol

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy birthday Vincent Van Gogh

Love these painted looking Van Gogh cakes. They are so colorful and beautifully done. Wonder if I could get frosting to a good consistency and do palette knife cakes? Food for thought..

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Palette Knife Painting Tips for Beginners

It always makes me laugh when I hear people say “I could never do that or I wish I could paint like that”. I didn't magically pick up a palette knife one day and just start creating masterpieces - ok, I may never create masterpieces but I work at it. 

Remember in the original Karate Kid when Mr. Miyagi teaches the super skinny heart throb Danny Russo (I still don’t understand that one but whatever – swoon away 80’s girls) how to catch a fly with chopsticks?

“You beginner luck”

That is not how painting has ever been for me. I’m not some prodigy… I work my monkey butt off. I try and fail and try again. I study, sketch, research constantly. It’s probably a bit of a sick obsession as I don’t see everyday objects like a chair in my office as just a chair; I see lines, dimension, and color. My eyes study the way a shadow changes when you move the light source around.

I believe if you put your mind to something, you can do it. It may come easier for some than others but we can all develop artistic talents. Here's some things I've picked up along the way.

Palette knife painting tips for beginners:

  1. Pick a photo that you love. Make a photo copy in black and white to clearly identify the lines in the image.
  2. Sketch the image in a light pencil. – This allows you to erase and get a feel for the painting.
  3. Once you’re ready to paint, decide the colors you’d like to use and set your palette up.
    1. Set up paper towel
    2. A garbage can
    3.  Leave your paints out so you can remember what colors you used.
  4.  Additives or mediums aren't necessary but can be fun to play with. I use acrylic based painters caulk to thicken up my oil paint and help it dry faster. Mixed Media Impasto paintings are fun!
  5. Select 5 standard knives.  I sell Starter Kits for $35 if you’re interested shoot me an email.
  6.  Begin applying the paint but don’t over analyze too much. This is the fun of knife painting.
  7. Step back several times during the process to see your painting from a distance.
    1. I've learned that taking a picture of your painting during the process also helps you see where things need to be added.
  8.  Paint another one
  9.  Repeat and repeat again

Things to consider:

-Don’t take yourself too seriously.
-Listen to music. It is amazing how different a painting can look depending on the kind of music you listen to; it helps me “get into character”.

Happy Painting. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Modern Art Salt Lake City LDS Temple Painting

I don't usually start with sketches but in this case I really wanted the temple and architecture to be identifiable. I had really good direction on this commission from my friend. She knew exactly what she wanted which made my job so much easier. For this painting of the LDS Salt Lake Temple, I printed out the image I was using and separated into 8 equal squares for scaling. 

LDS Temple Art blue sky spring time flowers red tulips yellow green palette knife painting original non traditional LDS mormon art.