Sunday, July 31, 2011

So Many Books, So Little Time by Pamela Blaies

Stacked Books
20" x 16"
Oil on Canvas

I enjoy reading hardcover books, because I like to collect them. Now I have more books than shelves and I have to keep some in closed cabinets, which I think is a shame. I received a Kindle as a gift this year. I guess I'll have less trouble with storage, but I might keep buying hardcover books anyway, just because I like them. This painting features some of my favorite books stacked on a chair. Filtered light is coming in through the window and highlighting the interesting spines.

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Tree of Life by Deborah Harold

This beauty sits on the grounds of the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel.
While visiting recently I took many photos. This painting is the first in a series to capture the serenity of the area. The sun was starting to set and the beach was alive with people, dogs chasing Frisbees, and fishermen. We stood in awe for a long time and just watched. On our way back to our hotel, this tree caught my eye and I knew I had to paint it.
11x14 palette knife work.

Elephant, Monica Burnette

Elephant, Palette Knife Painting
Oils on canvas, 11"x14"
For Sale, $125
Monica Burnette

Abstract Horse Painting Red Horse by Texas Equine Artist Laurie Pace

Red Horse
24 x 30 inches Oil on Canvas  
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Morning fog diffused the distant hills as I began my first demonstration painting at Saturday’s workshop. This spot is well-named as the “Top Of The World”

This was a larger canvas than I often paint on location, measuring 18 inches wide, and I wanted to show the start of the painting today as well as the final result.

I was interested in capturing the misty look created by the fog, and I also wanted to emphasize the pattern of white homes across the hilltop. Later in the morning the fog lifted and the ocean was visible beyond this hill. Imagine the view enjoyed by the residents of those hilltop homes!

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Tom Brown
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"Sunflower" Thick texture palette knife daily painting

12"X12" on gallery wrapped canvas
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Sunflowers in Blue Vase ...palette knife/brush painting by Peg Whitacre

Sunflowers are such vibrant and cheerful flowers.  It is hard to resist using them in a variety of different poses.  A friend loaned me this pretty little pale blue vase to use in a painting and this just seemed to be right.  It is a 16x20 painting done with both palette knife (the flowers) and brush (the vase) with each taking a part in the background.  It is available from the artist.  Contact at  Enjoy!

Life In Circles 13, 11x14, $47.00, Painting #38 of the Club 47 Challenge, Original Contemporary Abstract Expressionism Painting by Colorado Artist Kimberly Conrad

Original palette knife abstract painting on 185 lb acrylic paper. This painting will fit a standard 11x14 frame, or may be matted and framed to a larger is not needed....I said I would post a large piece periodically in the Club 47 Challenge....then actually began posting many 8x10's, but this is an 11x14...the deal of the week!!!!It is Painting #38, $4.70 will be donated.Visit to purchase, or to learn about Club 47.Visit to see larger paintings.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Life In Circles 9, Painting #37 of the Club 47 Challenge, Original Contemporary Abstract Expressionism Painting by Colorado Artist Kimberly Conrad

Original palette knife painting on 185 lb acrylic paper.
This painting will be shipped with a mat to fit an 8x10 frame, or mat may be discarded and painting will fit a standard 5x7 frame, glass is not needed.$4.70 will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.Visit to purchase, or to learn about Club 47 and Art for the Cure. Visit my website to see larger paintings..


A spot known as the “Top Of The World” was the location for my Plein Air Workshop today.

Perfect weather and outstanding scenery made it another memorable painting experience for everyone.

This sparkling little gem is a 5x7-inch palette knife painting I did during the workshop. I was interested in capturing the feeling of aerial perspective in this composition.

The view goes on forever. From this elevation we could see beyond the mountains all the way to the most distant horizon, and I wanted to show that here.

I was also interested in showing the variety of greens, from the deep rich colors of the oak to the minty soft greens of the bushes at the base of the tree. And the muted grayed-greens of the hill on the left. I was pleased with the how this one turned out; I hope you like it too.

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Tom Brown
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Summer House by Ann Gorbett

Summer House
8" by 8"
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Rural Green - Janet Bludau

8" x 8"
Oil on Raymar Archival Panal
I painted this a few weeks ago in a studio with several artist friends.  We are together sometimes twice a week and one of the best things about painting together is the feedback from other artists you respect.
I had finished the main painting I had been working on for the day but was really on a roll.  I really enjoy the first part of creating a painting, when you are putting your first creativity into a piece yet are far from a finished product so there is none of the pressure that comes with a perfectionist nature - "who me???"
I had finished the piece but didn't know it yet when another artist walked over to check out my easel.
She almost yelled.  "Stop, don't you dare put another stroke on that!"  
She went on to explain how she loved the simplicity and how contemporary the painting was at this point.  Had I kept fussing with it she was concerned I would lose that.  I made myself stop and at least wait for awhile while I worked on starting another piece,  while at the same time checking back now and then with my eyes to see what I thought, over and over again!
I decided I agreed with her and hope you do too.
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Four Hour Work Week - Palette Knife Artist Judy Mackey

"Four Hour Work Week"
6" x  6", Oil on Board

It is Summer, after all, and what better than laying on the beach and thinking about the blue skies and nothing else.  Hope you are all enjoying this season.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Azaleas in Bloom by Pamela Blaies

Azaleas in Bloom
22" x 28"
Oil on Canvas

I love colorful flowers, but there aren't many brightly colored options for a shade filled yard like mine. However, the few options available do include azaleas, which are gorgeous in the spring. Last fall we planted a bunch of bright pink azaleas in my front yard and they are still pretty small. The azaleas I painted in this painting are my dream of what they will look like in several years. Adding the steps on the path give this painting dimension and add a little mystery to what lies beyond.

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Original oil painting Amalfi Coast Italy by Karen Tarlton

Amalfi Coast

I recently returned from Italy and fell in love with the views from the little towns near Amalfi.  All of them are spectacular, but Ravello was my favorite!  I hiked up 1000 steps, from the beach of the Mediterranean Sea to the top of Ravello and saw some amazing views!
This painting was inspired by the views from Ravello!

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Postcards from Idaho-Friendly Fences, by Kathryn Willis

Friendly Fences, 8x10" oil on panel, by Kathryn Willis
Available $325

Friendly Fences, was painted from the field of our Idaho land, looking out to the neighbors farm. With only a few days left in Idaho before returning to Arizona, I'm finishing up a few paintings, and regretting all the places I haven't painted yet. I suppose that will always be the lament of a creative person. In response to a friend that asked "when will you be finished?" Steve replied for me, "she's never finished."

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Montbresia by Roxanne Steed

12"x12" oil on gessoed masonite artboard

"Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and necessary, that's hard for a Puritan to understand." - Gunter Grass

This was such a wonderful day outside painting this from life. This is one of my favorite plants that blooms in the summer, that I had originally learned of in Ireland. Over there, it grows wild in hedgerows, just crazy lush each summer. It's the most wonderful shade of hot-red-warm orangey brilliance, and the foliage seems to vary from lime-green to blue-green depending upon how the sun light is hitting it. While I'm standing there painting, a couple hummingbirds are darting in and out among the blossoms- they LOVE this color of red. I think this is the plant that makes our hummers the happiest. Even with the wind blowing that sunny day and the flowers bobbing up and down, those little birds are tougher than any fighter pilots- they can maneuver in any direction while these flowers are bobbing in the wind. They are so tenacious!

I knew this summer I would get a painting of these from life and it would not be a 'botanical type rendering' but more of an impressionist viewpoint of the feeling I get from these incredible plants. Known as Montbresia or Crocosmia as well, I was happy to find that it would survive in southern New England, if in a protected area. This stand of them has tripled since we planted them. They are protected on one side by tall ornamental grasses and butterfly bushes.

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This original oil painting is a little jewel with lots of sparkle.

Paintings this size are known by various names such as miniatures, ACEOs (Art Cards Editions & Originals), postcard paintings or pocket paintings. And they are highly collectible.

When time or circumstances do not permit a larger painting these small sizes allow me to explore an idea, capture a moment on location or work out problems before launching into a large painting in the studio.

This painting is a mere 4”x3”. It is small enough to fit in your pocket or use as an elegant bookmark. And yet in the right frame it will make a beautiful statement in any room of the home.

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Tom Brown

Postcards from Canada-Sunset on the Columbia River, by Kathryn Willis

Sunset on the Columbia River, 9x12" oil on panel, by Kathryn Willis

Available $400 (framed & shipped)

Our final night on our camping trip to Canada, we stayed in one of Canada's wonderful provincial parks. We got in late, so were only able to get a spot in the overflow camping area. You can see from this painting that we didn't miss out on the view. While I painted the sun setting on the Columbia River, Steve started a nice campfire, and we enjoyed our dinner in this glorious setting.

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