Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Knife Please

6 x6 oil on paper
All this talk about palette knives and seeing these luscious paintings forced me, a dedicated pastel painter, want to take a stab at it (pardon the pun). Yes, the knife is cumbersome, No, I don't know what I am doing. Yes, I will do it again. My favorite parts are the streaks of unmixed paint and the thick glossiness of it. I didn't draw, I just slabbed on the paint. Palette knife painters out there...please give me some tips...ok?
I did this and one other today, Monday. I will post the pastel landscape later. Tomorrow, Tuesday, I have surgery...so I will sleep the day away, unaware of everyone. Weird, uh? Don't worry, it's dental surgery. When I was 16 when I thought I could do anything, I surfed. Well, I landed up with a surfboard in my mouth. Ouch! Therefore, every few years I need a, should I say, tune-up.

10 comments:

Jill Berry said...

I LIKE IT! Nice warm/cool balance. Kind of like icing a cake, Huh? - working with the knife. I wondered if you would consider working with paint because of your fingers but I know you love your pastels, and you have mastered them so well.

Melinda said...

Wow! wow. wow. Keep stabbing away. You've got the knack, I mean knife.

Best wishes with the tune-up!

Jala Pfaff said...

Wow, she did a knife painting!!!!! Hurrah, and what a fun surprise for me to visit your blog today and see this. I had to laugh (not at your painting) because of all the "knife angst" that's been going around. :) I don't draw when I attempt my knife paintings, but then I'm new to it, too, so...

Jala Pfaff said...

P.S. Good luck with the surgery. Just the thought of anything dental gives me the heebie-jeebies (fortunately for me, I have good teeth...knock wood).

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Loriann, Yes, more of these please. They're so different from your gorgeous pastels, but really interesting. Good luck with the surgery. Maybe some good pain killers?

B Boylan said...

Such delicious color, I could lick it! MORE...MORE!
I don't know a thing about palette knife painting, but it's sure a great change! Don't forget about us dusty folks! What made you want to try it? Were there other inspirations? How long did it take you? Questions, questions!

Loriann Signori said...

Hi Jill, Melinda, Jala, Janelle and Brenda!
It's great to hear from my painting buddies. Thanks for your support!
What made me do it? Hmmmmm. I think I wanted to leave my comfort zone and really stretch. I decided it was ok to make a fool of myself on my learning curve. A very long time ago I was an oil painter. Back then I used brushes....that is why I decide nothing familiar for me. (Plus I loved Brian and Jala's knife paintings.) I will work on getting my chops in palette knife probably focusing on mini still lives and then proceed to my true look, the landscape. I am hoping that my pastel use and oils will overlap in an interesting way.That is probably a long way down the road.
Till later,
Loriann
PS yes Janelle the pain killers are radical and i wouldn't describe me as lucid. heehee

brian eppley said...

Holy smokes! Look at the paint! It looks like you had fun with this one and thats half the battle. I also like that you didn't over mix and left some of the green show in the dark areas. Good luck with surgery!

Karen said...

Holy cow!! What is this!! Fantastic. Yes post them all!
Wishing you well tomorrow.

Dewberry Fine Art said...

Your palete knife work is just rich. Wonderful color and shadow color. I love when a painting is not just about the subject. There is someting to enjoy at every level.