Night Descending

"Night Descending"
6" x 6"
Acrylic on hardboard 
The sun set as my body grew weary, still in the cradle of my courtyard. As if through squinted eyes, I slathered on bits of color to
depict what I was seeing and ended up with an abstraction of what knife painting already is! I left well enough alone and put my knife down as the sun called it a day. 

I'm mending nicely from my illness. I've had many uplifting things to contribute to my complete recovery. Thank you for your kind words, one and all.


More of Mary's Garden

"More Of Mary's Garden"
7" x 5"
Acrylic on canvas panel
I used the shapes and lighting of the flowers in Mary's garden, but swapped out their real colors for ones I wanted in my painting. And I painted it very early in the morning, against a white building. This isn't exactly how her garden looked, but she didn't seem to mind receiving the painting as a gift. 

I either need to plant hollyhocks or befriend someone nearby with the same penchant for them as I've developed.


Garden Variety Color

"Garden Variety Color"
6" x 6"
Acrylic on canvas panel
I was at the Chicago Botanic Gardens on Sunday with my Sunday morning guys. We found color everywhere!  And I'm going back to paint there again on Thursday with another group of friends. I'm thrilled to live so close to beauty.

I started this acrylic and palette knife painting the way I would normally begin a traditional oil painting… blue sky… and when I got to the color, I realized I should have come with black panels.  On Thursday I will!


Festival Rose

"Festival Rose"
6" x 6"
Oil on hardboard 
I found her blooming in a park that coincided with a festival whose celebrants wore many of these same colors.  I was surprised that she hadn't been snipped and tucked behind an ear, or clamped between teeth while dancing.  

It's harder to paint small roses than large ones. There just isn't as much room to vary the colors from one edge of a petal to the other. And I use about the same brushes to do both.


Flower Fields

"Flower Fields"
12" x 16"
Acrylic on canvas panel
My heart is back at the flower fields again tonight. I didn't put away my acrylics, and I had a panel gessoed, ready to go, so here's a sunnier take on what I posted on Friday.  I think I'd like to visit a place where something other than soybeans and grain grow in the fields.  Care to join me?  Let's...  

Some friends have asked why I paint this style in acrylic. It's a knife painting, so I smear color pretty thick to begin with. Then when it's dry the next layer, usually a variation of the first layer, is applied over the texture, like buttering a toasted English muffin.  I like to paint the crusty ridges.  Oil paint takes too long to dry. I would end up blending the colors instead of applying them one on top of the other. I'm also still trying to use up my acrylic paints from when I was a mural painter. It may take a while.  A long while. I was well-stocked.  



10" x 10"
Acrylic on wrapped canvas
The shape of puzzle pieces has entertained me for most of my life. I like the knob and the bite on every side; each one unique in its shape and size. Each one locking perfectly into only one other piece. 

This is not brand new, but my new pieces are taking longer on account of life getting in the way.  I'll post when I can until this bumpy road gets smoother.  Thank you for your inquiries and concerns on the days I didn't post.  I'm well, just engulfed.

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24" x 24"
Oil on wrapped canvas
She swayed in the breeze in the garden that morning, flaunting her sunny disposition to and fro.  She was more radiant than any around her, in spite of those purple, pouty lips. 

This dahlia was my focus for about a 24-hour period, during which time I thought of nothing but sunny, uplifting thoughts. It's amazing what comes of such a mindset.

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Joyful, Joyful

"Joyful, Joyful"
8" x 8"
Acrylic on canvas panel
I painted with a joyful heart today. I spent two days with a very ill child and finally made him laugh and hug me.  The little guy loves the color yellow, so I made certain to include that sunshine color in this joyful composition.

It's another palette knife piece.  I'm enjoying the looseness of the application of paint in this technique.  I'll do a few more before moving on to some large roses that are auditioning like starlets.

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