Monday, June 30, 2014

Working loose at painting Peonies

Bowl of Beauties floral still life
Peony oil painting
20x20cm deep box canvas (1.5inch)
Edges painted purple
Painted with a palette knife.
Available on Daily Paintworks

I was the this month's host of the Plant Parade on - a monthly flower painting challenge in the Florals and Botanical forum. I chose peonies as the subject with a challenge of painting them loosely.

Soft Edges
Obtaining soft edges with a palette knife is difficult, so I first painted the peonies followed by the background. Where I wanted soft edges, I swiped palette knife across the edge to soften it and mix the paint. Where necessary I added extra paint on the knife before swiping going from the petal into the background and sometimes vice versa.
Here are some close-ups showing this

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summer Colour, container flowers oil painting

Summer Colours, Container flower painting
Oil Palette knife painting
25x30cm (10"x12") on box canvas (gallery wrapped)
The edges are painted black.

I was very good this year and potted up my containers early. My reward is a beautiful, colourful display on my patio.

Some close-ups of the palette knife work

Contact me about this or any other painting HERE

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Over the garden wall Palette knife oil painting

Over the garden wall
Palette knife oil painting
On MDF canvas panel
18x24cm (approx 7"x10")
Available by auction on Daily Paintworks

Last month a local village held it's annual rose festival. This area is well known for growing flowers for the perfume industry (Grasse is not far away), and this village is renown for growing roses and extracting the oil.

Walking through the village, this beautiful rose was making a huge statement in someone's garden and I couldn't resist taking a few photos. I also came away with another climbing rose and several other plants for the garden.

Some close-ups of the texture achieved with the palette knife.

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