I loved painting this one! What a difference a new brush makes! I didn't even realize how destroyed my last one was until I saw what it should look like. I highly recommend these brushes probably the best I've ever used.
Not a lot to say about this one, I was drawn to this scene because of the dark shadows in the trees, and the shadows on the otherwise very bright green grass. And that blueish building in the distance added a nice break in the green/white/yellow color scheme.
I thought it would be fun to try a still life using the palette knife... the first photo is the finished painting and the one below it is how I started it out. I had a specific idea of how I wanted it to turn out, and I thought the best way to accomplish that would be by having a pretty good underpainting first. I don't really like leaving parts of the board exposed, and by painting it all in first I didn't have to try to do it with the knife.
This is what I've been trying to get at all week...it's just what I wanted from a knife painting. Getting away from the canvas panels really helped, I thought the canvas texture would be good for this type of painting...but I just don't like it, it gets in my way.
I did another one of these palette knife paintings today, I'm also working on a few other paintings...they'll be up soon. I'm not going to type much today, my wrist is killing me! and I have no idea why!
But if you need a laugh I recommend this post, I laughed so hard I cried and could hardly breath. Amazing.
It's probably been 6 years since I've done a palette knife painting, but yesterday I saw this painting and it inspired me to try it out again. I just loved how it was sort of representational but abstract at the same time. I loved the broad green color and how juicy the whole thing looked...I could just stare at it forever.
So in response I painted these two pieces, I like the first one a lot more than the second one. But I learned from the second, so it's still successful in my opinion. I have more of an idea of what I want my knife paintings to look like now, I will try again tomorrow.
I tried a little bit of a new technique for this one (I have big plans for very different paintings this week) I laid down a really dark base and then wiped out the lighter areas of my composition. I found this technique on this blog post, by an artist named Doug Braithwaite (the blog is written from the perspective of his wife, which I think is really great, sometimes I wish I never had to talk about what I'm painting)
Oil on hardboard panel, 11x14 inches
Ps. Clearly Charlie is having a really tough day, he likes to sit right under where I'm painting, and probably gets himself splattered with paint.
I loved painting this piece, I was instantly attracted to the bright yellow wall and the shadows. This was painted from one of my oldest reference photos, it's been in my "to paint" folder for over a year now. I'm glad I finally got to it.
It's Zach's birthday today so we're off to the beach! We went for a hike earlier this morning, we were trying to find the great hike that we did a few years ago, but instead we just found a very sunny horrible trail that was filled with bees! We did not bother to finish that hike.
I don't really know what this building does, Zach said it was a grain elevator...so I tried typing that into google... the forth suggestion from google was "grain elevator explosions" so that made it a little more interesting. What I do know is that I loved the sunset reflection on it's metal sides.
This is the capitol building in Pierre South Dakota. I feel like I kind of had an ah-ha moment with this piece...I'm not going to say any more about it, it was something so obvious that I'm embarrassed I hadn't tried it before. But I'm glad I finally did because I'm really happy with how this painting turned out.
I loved this view so much when were driving past it that I made poor Zach drive us all the way back to the house to get my camera. It was worth it though, those pictures turned out to be the best ones. I love the long shadows created when the sun is setting.
We had been driving through grasslands for so long that these buttes (is that what they're called?) were a welcome change in scenery. I don't know why I chose to paint them first... I'm a little overwhelmed with ideas at the moment, but I guess that's a good thing.
It's my first day back to work after our trip, I can't believe we were hardly gone a week, it feels like so much longer! I saw 4 new states, both Dakotas, Nebraska, and Wyoming...lots of wheat, and corn, antelope, deer, barns, and cows. I'm looking through my photos, lots to paint! I'm excited.
Oil on Ampersand Gessobord, 6x6 inches
Me and Zach in front of Mt. Rushmore...my eyes look tired and that's how I felt too :)
Zach being the 5th face of the mountain, he cracks me up.
The rain kept on, so this photo isn't great either. It's not even rain, it's just enough drizzle that I can't set a painting down. I've painted this lifeguard tower before, but in a group of three, I think I like this simpler one a little better.
I couldn't get a very good shot of this one, it was raining outside so my options were kind of limited. In person I was really happy with it though :)
We're still in Eureka, it's kind of like another country here. We ran the 5K around the lake yesterday and instead of giving us bananas or oranges at the end, they gave us kuchen....I think that's how you spell it anyway...I don't even know how to describe it, but it's huge here, along with lots of other foods I've never heard of. Right now I'm in the library...the cleanest cutest library I've ever seen. Every book looks like it's in perfect condition and none of them even have plastic covers, the children's section is perfectly organized, and right now the librarian is typing out the cards for the card catalogue...I haven't seen one of those in forever!
I'm very excited to get back home and paint some of what I've seen around here...I'm glad I didn't bring my paints with me, I'd probably die if I tried to sit outside and paint, it's SO hot!
Today we're driving to South Dakota, we left at 6 this morning and right now we're in a little town called Valentine in Nebraska. So far it's greener over here than I expected, way better than driving through Utah and Nevada! I think we have another 4 hours before we get to Eureka SD. Oh and we saw a reindeer!
Hi! I'm Sharon Schock, an artist living and working in Carpinteria, California. In 2009 I started a daily painting project where I complete one small painting each day. These paintings will be up for auction or available in my etsy shop soon after they're posted here. To be the first to know about each new posting enter your email at the top of the page.