Funny thing, inspiration. It seems to pop up when you aren’t looking for it. 🙂 I had the unexpected pleasure of watching another artist paint last week, who used palette knives and various tools to create her artwork. Although I had the tools, I hadn’t ever attempted to use them. After watching her I decided that I really wanted to give it a try. Soon! Last weekend, as I was waiting for some paint to dry on another project, I spied these three small canvases that I had begun several months ago. They seemed like the perfect place to try using the palette knife! I had made a really thick, textured surface with some clear acrylic gel medium and then painted a couple of thin washes of acrylic paint on top of it and stopped dead in my tracks, not quite sure where I wanted to go next. Now it was finally time to move on! The first layer of paint that I applied was a yellow oxide, pictured below.Next came a layer of green (I’m too lazy to run down to the studio to pull out the tube of paint and give you the exact shade!)…followed by some small bits of a deep red hue (again, too lazy!).
That was followed by a liberal amount of white and then, as a final flourish, I drizzled it with some thin, black paint.
Ta-da! That was that.
Well…no, it wasn’t. I decided it just wasn’t quite “there”. Rats! I had flourished too soon. I hate when that happens! After a bit of thought it seemed like there just weren’t enough colors to make it interesting. So in between, around (and occasionally on top of) the black I added in three more colors. Almost there!For those of you who know me, I have a bit of a “dot” obsession. Followed closely by a “swirl” obsession. Try as I like I have a very difficult time not adding swirls & dots to everything I create! No exception this time, I caved in and as a final, final flourish added the white dots. Ahhh, NOW, it felt finished. 🙂
Here’s wishing you some random inspiration until we talk again!