There are times when I sit to paint, my mind is spinning rapidly. Other times, my mind cannot hold a single thought. I live for those days that fall in between the two. On days when my mind is peaceful, I find myself extremely curious to see what I can paint. For when my mind is at peace, the paint and palette knives take over.
“Playful”, was created on one of those days. I had my paints out, my knives at the ready. Difficult to choose which hue to begin with first. Just for fun, I closed my eyes and shuffled my tubes of paint around, choosing blindly. Opening my eyes, the chosen paint for my background was blue. Closing my eyes once again, I mixed up the tubes and blindly chose another hue. Aqua. Closing them and following the same process once more, yellow.
Blue. Aqua. Yellow. Quite a trio to begin working with. As I painted the background with my long palette knife, the strokes were even, rhythmic. I needed to do something different as I added more layers of various paints onto the canvas. I had a long, skinny and very pointed palette knife staring at me as I painted. I swear it called out to me, “Me! Me! Use me!” (No, not really but it did continually catch my eye as I painted).
As multiple layered hues were painted upon the canvas, I caved in, picking it up and holding it in my hand, staring at it. What could I do with it? Twirling it between my fingers to get a better feel of its weight, I began to gently paint with it in the many layers of wet paint. A swirl here. A swoosh there. The multiple hues began to blend in with one another in the most satisfying of ways.
At first, the overall feeling of this painting feels dull? Muted? Then I began to look closer. Blended but not blended; secondary and tertiary hues subtle yet strong. The beauty of this painting – the fine details of the blending of the hues. Look closely to see. The long thin palette knife brought out the color in a way that I could not imagine. I love playing with color.
The painting is signed, titled and dated on the back; hidden when framed. Framing is highly recommended. This painting may be displayed in any one of four directions. A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies the painting. Standard canvas, acrylics, palette knife, gloss varnished and measures 11″ x 14″ .
Screen image is representative of the original painting; color may differ slightly from screen to original artwork. Style of easel based upon availability.