Dave’s Last Sunset

“Dave’s Last Sunset” 18 x24” Acrylic on stretched canvas

Accepted to the McCullough Hyde Healing Arts Exhibit

Artist Statement

My husband Dave loved to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. For over 30 years we returned to the lake in the summer, and watched in awe of the dramatic sky and peaceful rhythm of the waves. This time would be the last. The following winter, he passed away just before the pandemic took hold. While sheltering in place, it brought me peace to paint the bold color and fleeting light of time passing, remembering Dave’s life well lived.

New 6×6 Exhibit

6×6” Acrylic on Canvas entered at Oxford Community Art Center through October.

3 of them were SOLD at the reception.

Landscapes from Indiana

4663A5B6-CE5E-4CA6-BE63-EDFCA14934F3 “Indiana Overlook” 9×12”

This Fall I visited Indiana.

1A01D4E1-4A21-41E2-82C7-FE100148BCFA “Whitewater River” 8×10”

The light changed during the time I was painting this one, from partly sunny to cloudy. I was standing on sand bars, but as I painted I kept adding more white water.

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Send in the Clouds (WIP1)

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These clouds were a bit more complexed formation than the clouds I tend to emulate. I needed to add fresh paint to my palette, therefore it wasn’t as thick as the last painting. I need to start opening my palette a couple hours early for the fresh Golden Open Acrylics. Strange isn’t it! Although with the smaller clouds it wasn’t such a bad idea to have thinner paint. 5×7″ canvas board.

Painting Makeover 02

AFTER
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This palette knife painting represents a rose from memory. In the BEFORE version I was satisfied with the composition, but not the colors I don’t know why I use the dull brown. Anyway, I looked at it today by chance, and thought I want to fix this. The texture has a bit different effect covering over the top of existing texture but I’m glad I went for it! I may try this again from scratch sometime.

BEFORE
"Painting the Roses Red"

6″x 6″ gallery edge stretched canvas

A Kind of Palette Knife

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I played with a new tool today! It falls between a palette knife and a brush. They are most similar to painting with a spatchella. They are called Mini Blades. They have a little bit of a lighter touch than a palette knife.

I’m satisfied with the outcome, but look forward to practicing with them more and doing a bigger painting. A nice heavy bodied paint is best.

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They’re used like a palette knife, but have more give. Apply or move paint from the top, side, and back of the blade. The edge is not actually like a blade it’s very blunt and flexible.

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The full name of the product is Princeton Catalyst Mini Blades. Dick Blick sells them.
If you are interested in palette knife painting, I highly reccomend them.