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. 🙂

untitled triptych (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
untitled triptych (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

Here’s wishing you some random inspiration until we talk again!


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