Sunday, July 15, 2018

"Flowers by the Fence" (Reynolda Gardens)

With my renewed intrigue by the affects of painting with the palette knife I've continued in the same vein.  I did a bold under painting with a large brush laying in the major areas of the composition in acrylics.  After letting that dry, I created the visible layer of the finished painting using oils applied with my palette knife.

                                          20" x 16"
                                          oil on canvas panel

Sunday, July 8, 2018

"Golden Day" (on the Blue Ridge Parkway)

Something new and different!
I was so unhappy with this painting that I was working on of golden rods that were growing in Julian Price Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It seemed so blah.  Never being afraid to experiment, I decided to do something that I hadn't done in a very long time.  I started using my pallet knife and things begin to happen that pleased me.  I piled on the paint, I scratched into wet paint, and I enjoyed seeing what was being created.  The color is rich, the surface textures draw the viewer to look closer and the scratches lend an interesting hieroglyphic to the image  Now I am finished and happy with the results.

                                          34" x 24"
                                          oil on gessoed masonite panel

Sunday, July 1, 2018

"Reynolda Path"

                                                  16" x 20"
                                                  oil on canvas panel

                                                  shadows crossing path
                                                  dapple sunlight on my face
                                                  woodsy excursion

Sunday, June 17, 2018

"Garden at Strickland Place"

                                          8" x 8"
                                          oil on canvas

                                          A friend of mine designed this lovely little garden. 
                                          There's such a wonderful variety of plants with many
                                          different colors and textures.
                                          This was fun to paint.             

Monday, June 11, 2018

"Morning Light"

                                                    18" x 24"\
                                                    oil on canvas panel                                                 

                                                    high in the mountains
                                                    tallest tree in the forest
                                                    catching morning light

Sunday, June 3, 2018

"Oak Tree Study"

I found beauty in this old oak tree.  The negative spaces were also interesting to me.

                                          8" x 8"
                                          oil on canvas

Sunday, May 27, 2018

"Mill Creek Early Spring"

I enjoy walking in the woods.  This creek runs through the woods near Bethabara Park.  Such a peaceful and lovely place.  I can hear the trickle of water that often invites me to wade in the stream. 

                                                  16" x 20"
                                                  oil on canvas

Sunday, May 20, 2018

"Near Artum Garden"

Another scene along the path by Artum Garden.  This one after the leaves have come out on the trees.

                                          8" x8"
                                          oil on canvas

Monday, May 7, 2018

"Cherry Trees Near Artum Garden"

                                         18" x 14"
                                         oil on canvas

                                         walking down this path
                                         sights and scents of early spring
                                         when cherry trees bloom

Saturday, April 14, 2018

"The New River Near Todd, NC"

This view is just before the river divides to form Todd Island Park. The water was flowing over rocks near the cooling shade of the trees on the riverbank.

                                          10" x 8"
                                           oil on canvas