Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Boston Harbor Blues"

24" x 18" Oil on Canvas
$250 includes shipping

Excited about this one for many reasons. One, it's my first all palette knife painting. I use palette knives here and there if I need a bright splash of of color on top of wet paint, but I've never done an entire painting with only knives. Two, this painting is four times the size of my last few paintings and it took less time to paint...I used five colors; phthalo blue, titanium white, cadmium orange, crimson, and viridian green. I mixed up wads of paint and Spackled them on on in one stroke. Three, I love the impressionism here. In case you are wondering, I'm not trying to paint realistically, I'm trying to create the feeling of a bright, cool, spring day on the harbor. What I enjoy most about this painting and what I seem to be saying above is that I like the simplicity and the cleanliness that palette knives can give. Sometimes I come away from a painting without having enjoyed painting it and that's usually because I wind up reworking and remixing colors until they no longer look fresh. If nothing else, this painting looks fresh and I had a good time painting it. Hope you like it.

1 comment:

  1. I love this one Erik! A very impressive first try with the palette knives!