Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Dixon Barn With Crows" by Northern California Artist Mark Bidstrup

Painted on a summer day with clouds building above the Sierras to the east.

6"x8" oil on Raymar Plein Air panel $185.00 Shipped!

Please contact me at m_bidstrup@yahoo.com if you are interested in this painting. (gallery inquiries are always welcome!)

Visit my Blog at: http://markbidstrup-paintings.blogspot.com/ or my new website http://markbidstrup.fineartstudioonline.com/ for more examples of my work.

Thank you!

Feeling Parisian at the River Seine, Paris. By Noreen Coup

Memories from my recent trip to Paris. Two original palette knife oils. 13 x 13 cm

Palette Knife Aspen Landscape Painting "Aspen Paradise 1" by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock

30"x15" Oil on canvas

 Original Palette Knife Aspen Tree Landscape Painting

 To purchase, contact Judith at lododuo@aol.com

 To see more of my work, visit http://JudithBabcock.com

 My daily blog: http://judithbabcockartist.blogspot.com

DUNES XII by Kim McAninch

12" x 24" oil on 1.75" stretched canvas


My DUNES Series, while there is a market for each of them, do get mixed reviews.  Some people share my vision, and others prefer a less abstract view.  This time, I created a DUNES that is less abstract, I think.  Too abstract or not enough- what do you think?

Contact me- I would love to hear from you.
  In fact, it would make my day!

Painting on Sale | Flower Painting | Small Oil Painting | Daily Painting | Sunflower and Tulips by Carol Schiff | 6x8" Oil

Every Wednesday, I post a painting on sale.  Today, I decided to post a flower painting.  I really like the way the sunflower and tulips worked on this painting and I wanted to share it with you.

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A sweet little floral that brings summer into your home every day.

When you purchase at the link above, you will be charged $89.95, plus shipping.  To receive the discount you MUST WRITE ART SALE on the order to receive the rebate.  As soon as I am notified of the sale and payment, I will refund your credit card or PayPal account  $15.00  This sale is only for my blog readers, and if you do not write ART SALE on the order, I will not know to send you the rebate.

This offer expires on Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:01 A.M. PDT.

Thank you for reading my blog today.

Have a happy Sunflower day!


Thistle Painting | Daily Painting | Small Oil Painting | Thistle and Meadow by Carol Schiff | 6x12x.75" Oil

It seems to me the beauty of the fields and meadows of the North Carolina mountain country is even more stunning than usual this summer.  During my trips there, I walk the country roads each morning.  Every day seems more spectacular than the day before.  Since returning home, I have tried to capture the scenes on canvas.

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 The purple thistles sparkled against the golden fields.  One morning, I picked a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers, some would all them weeds.  The entire state seemed to be covered in daylilies, blooming wild on the sides of mountains and in roadside ditches.


This is my bouquet of wildflowers, sitting on my windowsill.

Hope you find some beauty in your life today too!


How to Paint From Life and Provence Violet Sunflowers - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


 Provence Violet Sunflowers
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel

Provence Violets Sunflowers was one of seven class demonstrations this weekend in my North Texas workshop. Why paint from life? Why not save a few pennies and just print out a bunch of prints at the PhotoMart down the street and use those? Here's why. You cannot hide your true self and your true style when you paint from life. Read more....


Monday, August 18, 2014


5" x 7" oil on stretched canvas

When an animal passes on, I always commemorate them with a portrait.  The duck on the farm is no different. He and his companion, Lily, were taken by a fox a couple of weeks ago.  Its a part of country life that I dislike, but I know the fox was doing what a fox does.  But I do miss the pair of ducks chattering and wandering around the yard.  Lucky was so named because he survived an attack by a mink and a Great Horned Owl.  Third time was not so lucky.

This is my first post for the Palette Knife Painters blog and I look forward to many more.  My main subject is boats and water which can be found on my website, but other subjects creep in now and then.

You can find my work in all these places and I'm always happy to stop and say hello to more palette knife painters!

Garden Sanctuary, New Contemporary Landscape Painting by Sheri Jone

Garden Sanctuary
10x8 oil on ray mar canvas panel

 I peeked in this garden and knew I would want to paint it.The flowering bushes are hard for me to resist.  This is from a side street in Chateauneuf, France.  This is available for purchase. $200.00



"Going Paddle Boarding" and "Low Rider" Original Oil Palette Knife Paintings by Hallie Kohn Art

I must have looked quite foolish snapping photos of this awesome car and board while on the interstate. You'll be happy to know I was the passenger (not the driver!) moving from front seat into the back to get a shot. I liked this view as it seemed to have movement.

As an interesting side note, this is the first painting I've done (with the knives) where I haven't drawn or sketched the image onto the panel first. I often just jump right in while using the brushes, so I thought I'd see how it would go. Better than I thought--definitely looser! 

6x6 oil palette knife painting

After painting the last blue car so loosely with the knife, I thought I'd try first drawing, then painting this car as I normally would. I like this painting, but it's not as exciting to me as the first one. The other was a photo I worked hard to capture of a moving vehicle with a story to tell, where this one was a photo of a parked car. Could be the colors, or the looseness of the previous painting...

I'm going to try and paint some more car images--I do love a cool car!

6x6 oil palette knife painting 

Day 5, Provence Art Trek - Lavender and Sunflower Fields

"Sunny Days," Provence ©2014 Niki Gulley
9" x 12" textured oil painting

Day 5, Provence Art Trek: 
Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshop 
with Niki Gulley and Scott Williams

On the fifth day of our Provence Art Trek, we set up our easels in this gorgeous lavender and sunflower field. The color and aroma explosion were out of this world – a painter's and photographer's dream come true. Words can't even describe how special that moment was!

If you'd like more information or a brochure on one of our upcoming Plein Air Painting and Photography Workshops listed below, please let me know. We are taking reservations for next year's trip to Provence, June 25th - July 3rd, so please let us know if you would like to join us. This year's trip filled up in less than a week! For more details, e-mail Niki Gulley or go to nikigulley.com/artreks.

Upcoming Art Treks 
Tuscany, Italy – Sept. 5-13, 2014 • Sept. 2015 
Cinque Terre and Lake Como, Italy – Sept. 12-21, 2014 • Sept. 2015 
New Orleans, LA – Oct. 22-26, 2014 
Venice, Italy – Carnival√© – Feb. 7-14, 2015 
Athens and Santorini, Greece – May 7-16, 2015 
The French Riviera – June 16-26, 2015
 Provence, France – June 25 - July 3, 2014

Please visit NikiGulley.com (www.NikiGulley.com) to see more of my impressionistic plein air oil paintings.

Cherry Jubilee Daisies and Painting From a Place of Joy - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina


Cherry Jubilee Daisies
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
Oil on Archival Panel

My new DVD

Cherry Jubilee Daisies was my class demonstration this morning in my North Texas workshop. Every student in class stretched their wings and created daisies in their own style, such is the fruit of painting from life rather than photographs or patterns. The most direct path to your own style will come when you transition away from painting from photographs, and graduate to painting from life. But there is another element to consider before we are ready to really cut loose with color - read more...

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