Thursday, August 20, 2015

Museum of Ventura County "Art Alfresco" 2015

For more Information go to www.museumofventuracounty. org

I have been busy this week getting ready for the Museum of Ventura County "Art Alfresco" which is taking place this Saturday 8/15. It is an invitational art exhibit and this is the 4th time I have been invited to participate. They have this invitational every 2 years, it's hard for me to believe it's been 8 years since the first one. It is a great event with over 30 talented regional artists.

I have managed to get this little pastel done even with all the business of preparing for the exhibit. It is inspired by a group of trees growing along the water in Santa Barbara. I love the challenge of painting trees, trying to get the essence of the tree but not too much detail, just enough to get the feeling. Well, better go for now lots of things still to do to get ready!

"Water's Edge" 8x8" pastel on paper

Sunday, August 16, 2015

My Latest Oils

These paintings are available in my Etsy Shop -

These are my latest oils done with a palette knife. I am working in small formats first to get acquainted with the palette knife application, these all measure 6x6" and are on masonite board.  I love texture so that is one thing I am loving about the palette knives is the texture I can create with them. I also like the way it is easier to keep the color fresh and clean too. I think I am ready to start on a larger piece hmm......maybe a 12x12", I have some framing to do tomorrow for an upcoming show this next weekend but maybe I will be able to fit in a little painting also!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Palette Knife and Yellow Mustard

Blooming Mustard, Oil on Board 6x6"

This is my first palette knife painting and I must say I really enjoyed the process!  I used water-soluble oils because I want to stay away from harsh solvents. I decided to use a palette knife because the water-soluble oils where a little sticky and they didn't seem to go on to the board very smoothly. The palette knife worked great and seemed pretty easy to handle for me. The next thing was to see how long it would take this baby to dry! I am a pastel artist and have worked with acrylics also and am spoiled to the fact that I don't have to wait for them to dry. It took exactly one week for this little 6x6" to dry, so I think I can work up the patience to wait that long, I just have to wait a week to make them available for purchase.
I am excited to get started on my next oil painting!