Saturday, September 17, 2011


Saturday, September 17, 2011
This week, I experimented on canvas with a palette knife. I'd never used one before and now I may never not use one again!

I must tell you . . . painting this was super scary. Brushes give me some feeling of control. My inner gremlin was raging through the entire process!

The palette knife is truly unpredictable . . . and the paint so thick, I must really slow down, allowing the paint to dry between layers or it becomes a big smeary mess!

This one had me declaring out loud to my studio-mate (and Mom) that, "I'm giving myself permission to really *&%@# this one up!"

The little guy on the easel below is the start of my second attempt....we'll see how it goes. Right now, not so well. Sigh.

When I return to it in a day or two, I'll take a few deep breaths and leap.

You see, painting is never really about painting, for me anyway. No. It's continually about surrender.


Margie said...

Whoa kiddo, I really like these! I love the texture you get with a palette knife. I've done little paintings before with one and actually felt much freer and didn't try to contol it as much as I do a brush. Might have to try again seeing these! Keep going! Xo

Tracie said...


faerian said...

oooo T i think i like this one even more - that line up looks so full of character!!! this is the birth of something magical

Melanie said...

I like them both ... each is the same, but the emotion completely different ... LOVE that!

Trudi Sissons said...

Tracie! Every time I come for a visit, I automatically squeal as I see how with each passing month your art just continues to get better and better and better! The passion you possess is equally inspiring!
Congratulations !!


the GyPsY said...

Wonderful! Testing/ experimenting is the best part of art .. actually the best part of life! I love what you said about painting being about surrender.

jennifer h. said...

Ooohh, I LOVE these!!!

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