Saturday, November 8, 2014

Miniature oil painting, Sunshine smiles palette knife painting


Sunshine Smiles Miniature Treasure painting
4x4" on gessoed panel.
Painted with a palette knife.
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Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers, although they are not as easy to paint as you may think.  Getting the right amount of detail and looseness right is a juggling act. I like the way this one turned out, with lots of layers and textures.

How it would look framed in a floating frame




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Friday, November 7, 2014

Miniature treasure oil painting - Poppy Waltz

Poppy Waltz palette knife painting
Oil on mini box canvas
10x10cm / 4x4" n

I've been painting a few miniature paintings in the last few days. This one is part of the poppy series along with Poppy Song and Poppy Dance.

These small paintings are an affordable way to start an art collection.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Nodding Sunflowers and the 30 day collage.

Nodding Sunflowers palette knife painting
Oil on box canvas, 6"x6"x1cm deep.
Available in my Etsy shop

It's been awhile since my last post. I have been painting - participating in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I concentrated on landscapes with a few florals, and I have been been posting those on my daily paintings blog.

This painting was No. 16 in the 30 day challenge.
The sunflowers dancing across the painting reminding me of the sunflowers near the lavender fields.

The 30 paintings all together

 In the last few days I have been adding the finishing touches to some of the paintings. Take a look at them on Daily Paintworks.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Red Hibiscus - Day 19 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

Jewel Red Hibiscus
Palette knife painting
Oil on box canvas with sides painted black
30x30x4cm / 12x12inch

An alternate title for this painting was 'Before the Hail'. I painted this en plein air in my garden in brilliant sunshine. When finished, I took a trip to the shops. While there the heavens opened and we had a tropical downpour. What I didn't know was that a hail storm was happening at home. When I returned my garden was covered in white and many of my plants had been shredded by the hail, including this beautiful hibiscus.

Some close-ups


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Magenta Oleander posy still life - Day 11 of the 30 day challenge


Magenta Oleander posy still life
Palette knife painting
15x15cm (6"x6")
Oil on box canvas
Available in my Etsy store
A companion piece to yesterdays painting. This time painted from life.
I looked around the garden for flowers and it is pretty bare of flowers at the moment. Normally in September the plants come back into their own after the summer, but we haven't had any rain in a while so it's lacking much colour. The Oleander however, is still flowering away. I have several, all different colours - I'm thinking of painting the pink ones to form a trio of small posy paintings. 

About this painting

Oleanders are difficult to paint, especially alla prima. I tried to just capture the form of the petals and the general attitude of the flower. The background has more light green in it than appears in the photo, to off-set all that pink. I'm musing on whether or not, the background behind the flower needs to be darker.

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