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This is from the small village of St. Michel, France. We had a wonderful dinner at La Coupole restaurant and were gathering to leave. This is part of the group we travelled with that served as my models.
In Memory of Lorraine, 11x14" #201447
Oil on linen board
Available - Contact me for pricing.
of all, I'm LOVING this Raphael linen mounted on 3 ply board. It's
exquisite and truly resilient. I tried another painting (not a keeper)
and have wiped and scraped it nearly back to original finish I think 3
or 4 times. I think that one might now have too much bad karma to create
on, but I highly recommend board.
I have had a bit of a run with
the effects of losing my mom lately. It's been nearly 8 months, but
it's still raw. Her name is Lorraine and this painting is not of her,
but was painted with my heart and soul filled with her spirit. As was
yesterday's painting. My work is 100 times more expressive when I absorb
myself in emotion of any sort. Certainly this is true of most artists. I
feel blessed to have the gift (or affliction - depending on how you
look at it) of sensitivity.
Thanks to everyone who has continued
to follow my work; comment and ask questions. I'm getting oodles of
inquiries about my workshops, classes and lessons. Oh my! How
exciting! So I hope I've covered at least some of the pertinent info
below. I am hoping to get one scheduled in Carmel, CA for next year.
Being that I'm in Orlando, folks from the west have been asking me for
years when I am coming to that area. Keep your fingers crossed ya'll!
And if any of you have contact info for places who can host up to 15
students, please let me know :)
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Three day Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for
Wednesday, November 19th- Friday November 21th at SoBo Art Gallery in
Winter Garden Florida. $320 for 3 days. Workshop is limited to 8
students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or email@example.com
to secure your spot!
• Four day Intensive - Palette
Knife Technique and Philosophy with focus on clean color mixing based on
theory. Workshop scheduled for January 28th-30th, 2015 at my studio,
Sally Shisler Palette Knife Painting Studio, in Winter Garden Florida.
$450 for 4 days. This will be an intense session where students will be
practicing technique and learning how to translate their brush painting
skills into palette knife artistry. Intermediate - Advanced. Workshop
is limited to six students. Please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot.
Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for May 2015 at The
Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia. $450 for 3 days. Please
call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or
• Announcing one day, 3
hour intensive COLOR MIXING workshops in my studio in Winter Garden,
FL! These sessions are designed to help students prepare for their own
paintings that they will paint at home with their premixed palette. This
is all about thorough color mixing; not actual painting. Each student
will be provided with a high quality color print of their selected
photograph with a clear breakdown of which colors will be mixed.
Preparing a palette of clean, harmonious color before putting
knife/brush to canvas gives you a head start on a successful painting.
Workshops are held on the second Saturday of each month. Cost is $50.
Beginner-Advanced. Space is limited to six students. Please call or
email me at 321-331-3045 or email@example.com to secure your spot.
Private Lessons In my studio. Cost is $100 for three hours. Those
interested, please call or email me at 321-331-3045 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Sally Shisler - A Collection of Paintings from 2007-2014. Keep your
eyes peeled for my first self published book of 4x4" palette knife
• Sally Shisler - Color Mixing for Radiant Harmony in
your Paintings. Not long after the book above is published, I'll be
coming out with an instruction book that goes in depth with how I chose
and mix color.
Berries and Creme Lily Trio was my sixth class demo in Rockwall, Texas, and I am always so sad to say farewell to a class of enthusiastic, talented painters, most especially when they bring me pastries! Thanks so much Rosemary, my enabler, donut supplier, and new BFF for bringing two dozen delicieux donuts this morning. What in the world could be more fun than painting fresh flowers in the colors we love, while having just a few glazed treats while we're at it?
My next stop is Kansas City, and Connie Turner's fabulous art studio in Lees Summit. I have one seat that just opened for this workshop, and would love to see you there! With or without donuts! Read more....
Into the Water, 10x8" #201446
Oil on canvas
Available - Contact me for pricing.
Whew - been a while since posting I see. Not due to inactivity. Just
had lots of prep to do for what turned out to be another fantastically
successful workshop. Thanks to my wonderful students! We had a blast
and evidently they all learned much more than they anticipated, which
delights the hell out of me. I DO love to teach - the gratification is
quite different than that of a successfully
created painting. I really believe it lasts longer and fills the heart
and soul more completely. Each time I teach, I leave re-energized and
ready to press on to the next time I get to share with others. This
painting began as a class demo; finished in the studio last night. I am
quite happy with it and am feeling more and more confident about delving
into more portrait type work. Next workshop: Wednesday, November
19-21st. Not far away and time for anyone who'd like to participate to
make their plans! Especially if travel is involved. Please check in
with me for the details. There are 10 spots in this one - would love to
see it filled! Important News: • Palette Knife Technique and Philosophy Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th- Friday November 21th at SoBo
Art Gallery in Winter Garden Florida. $320 for 3 days. Please call or email me at
321-331-3045 or email@example.com.
• Palette Knife Technique and PhilosophyWorkshop scheduled for June 6th-8th 2015 at The Art School in Sandy Springs Atlanta, Georgia.
$450 for 3 days. Please call or email Donna Thomas at 404-313-7356 or theartschoolinsandysprings.com.
• Private Lessons In my studio. Those interested, please call or email me at
321-331-3045 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for a 3 hour or more session.
• Sally Shisler - A Collection of Paintings from 2010-2014Keep your eyes peeled for my first self published book of 4x4" palette knife paintings.
• Sally Shisler - Color Mixing for Radiant Harmony in your PaintingsKeep your eyes peeled for my first self published instruction book that goes in depth with how I chose and mix color.
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This is a view overlooking Benbrook Lake. I drive by this every morning and sometimes it takes my breath away. This was early one spring morning with colorful flowers and soft lake views. This is available for purchase. $200.00
was a good experience, I've learned a lot about watercolor painting and
am enjoying it most days. There are those "off" days, of course, but
one encounters them in any endeavor and that does not exclude any form
of art media! Oh my! I love the poppies, always have, any kind -- hope
you like this painting as much as I do, a great time painting. Isn't
that what it's all about? (And, yes, I do use palette knives in conjunction with many of the watercolor paintings, amazingly!
"Red Poppy Quartet", watercolor painting, 5"x9", $90
includes s/h in continental U.S., click
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Thanks for viewing my art! Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado
This is a 6 x 6" Acrylic on wood panel dine with a palette knife. The areas of deciduous trees where I live is somewhat limited so it's nice when we come upon a group in the process of changing colors. Where I am it is mostly all Evergreens. This comes nicely framed and ready to hang.
For more information on this piece Please Click HERE
This is yesterday's painting demo at Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas for a group of lovely women from Rockwall, Texas. We had George, the rooster there live from our neighbors at Gecko Hardware Store in Lake Highlands come down and do some modeling. He was really good for 90 minute session. I photographed this while it was very wet, so there is a little glare on it. This paint is very thick! But because I used impasto, it will dry fast. It is on a gallery wrap canvas, so no frame is necessary. Thanks for looking at this blog. Contact Kay with any comments or questions. Kay
Purple Spangle Sunflower was my class demonstration in Tennessee last weekend, and I'm packing up again for a workshop in Rockwall, Texas this weekend. I'm excited to announce you can now pre-order my new DVD, Ranunculus and Daisies, for a discounted price. This 90 minute DVD features step by step lessons on how to paint daisies, delphiniums, orange ranunculus and one of my favorite blue patterned vases. Stay tuned for images from Rockwall, we'll be painting near the park right on the lake this weekend. I'm always hopeful a four footed visitor will wander in when we leave the doors open, since the dog park is right next door!
I can never bear to throw away good oil paint when a painting is
complete, so I usually end up creating a small painting from whatever is
on the palette. One of my secret end of palette rules is that I can't
add any more of a colour to what's already on the palette, besides
I use a split primary palette which consists of cool and warm versions
of each primary, as well as an earth tone like burnt sienna or burnt
umber as well as titanium white, so it usually gives me a fair choice of
colour mixing options. However that can depend on how much of each
paint colour is left over.
I lucked out with a good quantity of pthalo blue, burnt sienna, cadmium
red, alizarin crimson and cadmium yellow, so I could mix pretty much
anything I wanted and meet the value ranges needed to create this apple.
My other end of palette rule is that the painting must be small, quick
to produce (no more than an hour) and loose. It should be very
impressionistic with the colour "bleeding" into other areas. The
challenge for me is that my end of palette paintings are a big
transition in size as I come from large (30" x 40") down to 5" x 7" like
this one. I have to remember to get out the small knife and put the
in the series of the Santa Fe doors. This is the land of enchantment,
so they say, and I am in agreement. I have no idea who painted the
adobe wall, it's not really a door, but it is enchanting as is the heavy
old wooden door to the left. It seemed to take forever to paint this
small piece, trying to get it right but no too right! If it's "too
right", why it's a photograph and that wasn't my goal, I'd rather you
get the gist of the atmosphere in sweet Santa Fe!
"Santa Fe Door: Old Wood and Painted Adobe", watercolor
and ink painting, approximately 3.5"x4.5" image in off-white mat to fit 8"x10" frame, $100
includes s/h in continental U.S., click
Paypal button found on my blogspot listed below or write me at KarlaNolan@gmail.com for more information
Thanks for viewing my art! Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado
I so enjoyed painting the last flower bouquet, and thought I'd like to try another in a square format. This painting gave me a lot of trouble for some reason! I did a lot of scraping and moving things around and finally got things the way I wanted. The painting has a lot of great texture with the knife, and kind of a fall feel. Love the leaves too, and in the end am very happy with it.
Our first night in France we went to the small town of Fontvielle. We stopped in for a wine tasting at Cave les Alpilles and then walked to La Patio for dinner. I saw gardens, vistas and beautiful buildings and snapped pictures along the way. This is available for purchase. $200.00
I enjoy the solitude of getting my morning exercise on this road, with nothing to keep me company except the birds and wildflowers and the beautiful canopy of trees. When I return home from my walk, I feel ready to attack the day ahead.
This week I have been really busy, moving studios from my tiny, cramped and windowless studio - to a new huge studio, still within Vernon Mill, Stockport. It has four 20ft windows and masses of wonderful light! I am blessed! I will be running classes in palette knife painting, taking over the classes ran by the previous incumbent - another knife painter, Alan Knight - and hopefully adding a few new people as well. So if anyone in the North West of England fancies trying their hand at knife painting please contact me on 07946432818. You will be made very welcome! Here is this weeks's painting - a large 3ft x 3ft canvas. It's the view of the valley in the Honister Pass, Cumbria. It is painted with knives ( of course!) and I am still trying to decide whether the foreground is finished as I had a few issues with the rock pools in the bed of the stream. Any thoughts gratefully received. This is expected to retail at $700 plus shipping. www.sarahmorleyfineart.com
Fuschia Glads and Sunflowers was one of six class demonstrations created in Memphis-Collierville, Tennessee this past weekend. I love visiting my Memphis ladies, what a warm, friendly bunch - and the gourmet cake donuts and SUH-weet tea kept our creative energy high - no rest needed! The moment I arrived back in Big Ole Big D on Monday, I found a pile of boxes, supply deliveries, my new Felix clip stand for my IPad (*sound of harps*), and most exciting of all, my newest DVD, Orange Ranunculus and Daisies. I need to test that DVD on a few other devices and then will be ready to share this new step by step demonstration in oils with you. Stay tuned for the big announcement of when those will be ready, by signing up right here for my art newsletter. I'll be giving away an original oil painting, too, so you don't want to miss it. Besides, where else can you find reliably endless supplies of silly pug photos, mixed in with all the art? Hmmm???
You can watch the tubers and small children playing in the water, or watch the fly fishermen trying for a trout. If you on the energetic side, you can go for a mountain hike or maybe just a leisurely stroll to beautiful Thomas Falls. The perfect no stress day.
This Friday I will be doing a Palette Knife Demo with George as my model at Dutch Art Gallery. George is is going to be my model! He is a beautiful Rooster who lives at Gecko Hardware Store, located in our neighborhood, just a few doors down from the gallery. In this photo George is critiquing one of my paintings. I visited George yesterday, and took some pictures of him.