Flaming Tips

"Flaming Tips"
20" x 16"
Pastel on hardboard
 
I found this cluster of pots at the Botanic Gardens in August when I was there with friends to paint en plein air. I photographed it for the sunlit leaves and the banana plant in the background. Bananas do not grow in Illinois, unless they're in pots, such as this one was.  

I thought I'd make a palette knife painting of the photo, but I'm in a pastel mood right now, and it suited my need for subject matter, again, on a larger scale than I've been doing. I'm pleased with the outcome.

Carol

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Passionate Crotons

"Passionate Crotons"
6" x 6"
Acrylic on canvas panel
I found a place in the garden where sunlight pierced through the leaves and made for a fiery display. I loved the colors, the flaming appearance of the leaves.  It was SO passionate!  

This is the thickest paint I've ever applied and … left on a canvas.  It felt pretty darn good, too!

Carol

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Potted Plants

"Potted Plants"
6" x 6"
Acrylic on canvas panel
Across the patio from where I sat was an ice cream stand surrounded by potted plants that were flaming in the sunlight. I'm delighted to have shot a few photos of them to bring to my studio to paint.  

I shopped today for paint and bought fifteen new tubes. I didn't think I'd ever paint in acrylic after my mural painting days were over, but with knife painting, I did more than use up the remaining paint from those days. I found that I love the process and needed the right colors to continue to make art.

Carol

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