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I got back to painting today after spending a lot of time working on the website last week. Since I'm not a tech person, I'm sure that this has taken a lot longer than it would others. But, I must say, I am proud of what I accomplished here. I'm still hearing about a couple little tweaks that I need to take care of. I guess the comment form goes too far to the right. I'll have to work on that now. If you see something I should change or is confusing, etc., let me know. Ah, the job of an artist is never done. Didn't we say that about motherhood too? and housework?
My next job will be getting out the newsletter. Oh, and another thing, when I switched my blogs, I lost several subscribers for the blog. I'm picking up some, but it is slow going. So, if you stop by and have not subscribed or wondered why you weren't getting anything in your emails, that's the reason.
This weekend I rewrote my "about me" page. I tried to make it show some of my personality and not be so dry and factual. You might check it out. Then you can see the real me. At least, a part of me.
Tomorrow I will be off working on the house. We are having cement poured for a new patio across the back of the house. Yippeee! But, I will be back online with ustream on Wednesday for the weekly show at 3 pm PDT. So come join me in my studio as I paint.
This is from a photo I took of my dog, Stella. I wanted to practice painting her because I might add it to a painting I have in mind. Stella loves to go for walks even if it's to nowhere in particular. She senses that it might be a walk if I put on either my tennis shoes or my gardening shoes.
And as I go outside, she'll usually walk a few steps ahead of me though she has no idea where I might be going. I like indulging and walk a bit even if I' wasn't planning on taking a walk just to make her happy. She has a "happy" walk, almost a skip sort of walk when she's walking with me. And when I took this photo she didn't even know I was capturing her to use as a model some day in one of my paintings.
Another from my series on Angels. this started as an angel holding an umbrella but I was not really happy with it. So actually this is a re-do - repaint - fixed up - painting. I still wanted the angel to hold an umbrella - maybe I got that idea from an insurance ad, nonethelsss,
I think angels do look out for us......so here is one holding out an umbrella to protect us from the storms. I changed the postion of her arms and her body and changed the color to a more soothing softer shade using the same pallete as the painting I'd done earlier called Angel Thoughts.
The arm positoning was a suggestion from my painting buddy, Barbara whom I paint with nearly every week. It's good having a painting buddy to paint and talk art with. In a sense, she's my painting angel. So if you haven't got one, do find someone to paint with. It "makes" you paint - which is a good thing.
SOLD at the Dutch Art Gallery on Friday! Thank you. Pam left a message on my phone yesterday that Dancing in the Leaves had a new home! I am thrilled and pray that the new owners enjoy the energy and colors in this dynamic painting. God is good. All the time, God is good.
For your own Commissioned painting, Contact me. Laurie
Sold to a collector in Madison, WI. These playful aspen trees were created with palette knife and gallons of oil paint to achieve texture, movement and colors that explode off the canvas, all while capturing the childlike wonder of staring into the treetops.
This is a painting of sunflowers I started on wednesday, and finished this afternoon. It is larger than my usual paintings, and is oils on stretched canvas painted with palette knives, apart from the background which was done with an old hog brush and kitchen tissue!
I once read an article that said you could make photos more "impressionistic" by using a 16x20 piece of shower glass (plastic) and place it in front of the subject! Well, I tried it and really liked the photographic results. I only used this method when photographing flowers and it does give an "unusual" appearance. So......I thought this might work with the palette knife and this is the result. The original photo was just blue wildflowers growing out of the cracks in some rocks. This is the result of using the palette knife to reproduce the photo. It looks to me a bit impressionistic and also a bit abstract! Have not yet decided if I like it but thought I would post it anyhow. Comments anyone?
I painted these brilliant golden aspen trees from Colorado with brush, palette knife and plenty of oil paint. I love the contrast and intensity of the colors created between the foreground forest and background blues.
For more information on this painting, e-mail Niki Gulley
This is a painting in oils on canvas, depicting a windy landscape with rushing clouds and poppies and grasses in the foreground swaying in the breeze. It makes me think of spring days, which still seem a long way off here in England, and more snow is on its' way!
'Windy Poppies' oil on canvas 30 x 30cm
This painting is for sale, and is £150.00 (plus shipping at cost) and is framed in a wide light wood frame.
Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting.
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh" - A.A. Milne
Today I took up the challenge of my artist friend, Norma Wilson, of painting fruit. Following the pink & green kick I've been on...and the fact that I had a bag of Granny Smith apples in the fridge, the biggest part of the challenge was how to keep this simple, yet interesting! I really like setting up a strong light source for interesting shadow shapes...and the colors are always the most fascinating part to me!
Shoveled a good bit of snow on Tuesday. One of my friends suggested this for quicker snow removal! She suggested just cranking this up & backing out of the driveway would do it pretty quickly! hmm, it just might work! Don't know if I can get one hooked up on my van in time for the next storm though ;-) I do love my brilliant friends, I had the best belly laugh over this!
"Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze." - Amanda Cross
8"x6" oil on Belgian linen mounted on archival board
The grocery store had these wonderful small phalaenopsis orchids this past weekend. They're also known as moth orchids, they do look a bit like little butterflies have alighted on the stem. I was looking specifically to paint something with green/& red or pink color complements, as I continue this exploration of color.
Aside from buying flowers, I did take a walk on the beach on Saturday, while it was still a 'relatively' warm 22 degrees. Found some pretty beach glass and enjoyed the soft squishiness of the sand, as the earth is frozen solid hard everywhere else past the water line. The last two days have been ridiculously cold 0-12 degree days! I've got to soak up any sunshine I possibly can, it does a world of good when the days are still so very short.
I worked out in the yard this morning and then a little on the computer and managed to get one painting done today. I painted from a photograph that I have had for years from Oregon. I liked the light coming through the trees in the morning and hitting the one tree with the vine growing on it. The photo had a lot going on in it and I needed to do a lot of editing. This is what I came up with.
I've been working on my bio page (its not on here yet). I'm taking the Blog Triage workshop from Alyson Stanfield. I've just started and going through this step by step. The idea is to come up with a story so it isn't so dry. I'm coming up with ideas now I need to translate it into writing, not always an easy task for me. Probably not for a lot of you. I'll let you know how it is coming.
If you haven't noticed, I put the Feb 2011 calendar page on my home page and also under "neat stuff". Its there for you to download if you would like. A new one will be coming each month. I haven't got a lot of "neat stuff" yet, but there will be more ideas coming.
Yesterday, I went to the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale to see the show and visit all my friend, I did the show for about 10 years. If you have never been to the show, it is fabulous. Take a peek of it online at http://celebrateart.com
Remember, if you sign up for my newsletter, you can download a copy of my new ebook with 5 paintings step by step with explanations of color.
Here in East Tennessee tiny country churches abound. This particular painting is based on a small church located in the Cades Cove area of Smoky Mountains National Park. These churches are a familiar haunt of tourists, photographers and artists. Picturesque surroundings and the ability to walk through them makes these very popular places to visit. I chose to use this one in a palette knife painting because of its rugged surroundings. Surely the people who inhabited this valley were a sturdy group and many of their buildings still stand. This painting is 9x12 in size and is available for $95 directly from the artist....email@example.com or 865-932-6729.
8"x10" oil on Belgian linen mounted on archival panel
"Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live." - Jackie Windspear
Now for something completely different, a bit of a challenge. Transparent glassware - which turned out to be much more fun than I first thought it might be. I was initially interested in the strong shadow shapes on the table, but as I progressed into the painting, the transparency of the glass (and those shapes that make up those items) became so fascinating to me. I think I have some more subject matter to pursue! Please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this painting.
*****Upcoming shows - Here in CT: I'll be taking part in the Mystic Art Center's Members Exhibition which opened this past Friday, January 14th, runs through the 26th of February. Hope you get a chance to see this show right here on the banks of the Mystic River.
Also- I've juried in to the 19th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition at Lyme Art Association!! The show runs from January 14th - February 26th. The Opening Reception is Friday, January 21st, from 5-7pm. I am truly honored to be hanging in this historic venue with many of New England's finest artists!
I've been accepted into the Figurative Artists International blog! My figurative paintings are sometimes fantasies as depicted by my angel series. This particular painting started out with an Angel doing something else and I actually drew the arms up and outstretched but after staring at this piece for a while, I decided to tone down the colors, making it misty and keeping the angel a little closed and pensive. Sometimes painting over textured paintings is difficult because it's hard to "take away" the textures. And sometimes the texture works and in this one, I'm hoping it works as there is quite a bit of texture all around.
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I want to say a big thank you for accepting me on the Palette Knife Painters blog. I have really enjoyed looking at all your wonderful work, and am really pleased that I can join you. Let me give you a brief introduction to me and my work. I live in a small town in the middle of England (UK). I have been painting all my life, but started to do more after finishing work to raise my three children. I have had quite a few exhibitions and commissions, so have had the pleasure of selling paintings to others. My youngest child has just started playgroup, so I hope to have more time to paint! My life is pretty busy, especially as my oldest child, who will turn 7 in february, has severe learning and medical disabilities, so hopefully joining this site will give me the incentive and encouragement to paint and post regulary, and concentrate a bit more on my art. I would love to develop a career in painting full time.
Having dabbled in various mediums and styles over the years, I now paint using oil paint and palette knives, hence my excitement in discovering and joining this blog! I love the medium of oil paint on canvas, and I particulary love the effects and results of painting with palette knives.
Anyway, here is my first offering to the blog, a painting done entirely using palette knives with oil on canvas.
"Easter Tulips' oil on canvas 30x30cm (sold)
I hope to get feedback from other members, and will appreciate your comments and critisism. as I learn more about painting using palette knives.
A bit more island hopping, from Hawaii to Ireland...I know that I'm repeating myself here, I'm prone to doing that, but there are hundreds of shades of the color green in Ireland! Even in the ocean! These cliffs were precipitous -- you don't want to lose your footing here -- but they were also so glorious -- did I catch them correctly with my painting? I certainly hope so!
"Cliffs at Dingle, Ireland", 12"x16" palette knife and brush oil painting on gessoed board, $215, unframed, s/h to be determined at time of sale. Write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information or to buy through Paypal invoice. Thanks for looking!
I have set up a second website, Paintings On Glass, to showcase my paintings on glass. There is a piece in progress as I type with sailboats. That's a true challenge, showing proper structure and making the water look good. Be sure to check it out, along with my new blogspot, listed below.
Look below for a link to yet another art blogspot, one that I created for my paintings on glass, or click here: PaintingOntoGlass
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“MOONLIGHT FOR ROMANCE” 5x7 inch original oil by Tom Brown The perfect valentine gift at an affordable price. Email me for details: email@example.com
Another perfect gift for someone special is my new book of paintings. Here’s a recent email I received: “Stunning. Very high quality printing. This book is like owning an entire collection of your paintings. Well done!”
I love onions! I love the textures and colors that dance from one to another. There is something metaphorical about the layers that you have to go through to get to the heart of the onion. It reminds me of the depth of close relationships. Sometimes you have to go through the many layers to get to the heart of an individual. As with an onion, sometimes there are tears.
This acrylic painting is on a 9"x12 inch canvas and is ready to hang. The sides are painted. Please contact me for a price.
Judy Mackey, Kimberly Conrad, Laurie Pace Justus, Natasa Vretenar, Nithya Swaminathan, Carrie Jacobson, Nancy Medina, Filomena Booth, Ann Gorbett, Roxanne Steed, Karla Nolan, Tammy Hext, Maria Noonan-Mcdermott, Niki Gulley, Tom Brown, Monica Burnette, Allison Pratt, Chris Hobel, Becky Joy, Susan Hong-Sammons, David Edwards, Kay Wyne, Sally Shisler, Jill Saur, Margaret Whiteacre, Arlon Rosenoff, Heidi Lifrage, Karen Tarlton, Janet Bludau, Kathryn Willis, Olga Wagner, Bob Read, Wendie Thompson, Dottie Leatherwood, Greg Martynow Wjas, Anne Marie Propst, Deb Foxen, Kim McAninch, Lori McNamara, John Bercx, Karen Balon, Sheri Jones, Judith Babcock, Janice Tingum, Marion Hedger, Mark Bidstrup, Noreen Coup, Carol Schiff, Hallie Kohn, Sharon Hodges, James Pratt, Arturo Espinosa, Beth Betker