Friday, January 21, 2011

"Big Red"



















6 x 6 oil on canvas panel  SOLD


This is my first palette knife painting. I've voiced my
concern about getting too tight with
all of the wild
patterns I usually paint. Several have
suggested that
I force the issue with some palette
knife work. Today
was the day. I took a deep breath,
loaded that knife
and went for it! It was so liberating!
I thoroughly enjoyed
it and will definitely try it again.


While I have always appreciated palette knife paintings,
now I have a brand new admiration for the skilled
Artists who use this form as their standard style!

29 comments:

Dana Cooper said...

Nice, nice job Gwen!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

I love how this worked out. The fabric looks so lush and fresh. It's a great painting.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoBarbara

David Larson Evans said...

Bravo (I'm standing and clapping)

Sheila said...

Ur killin' me! You're first!?! It's gorgeous. Love those juicy strokes of thick white paint and that red red apple.

I.S. said...

adorable !

Carol Blackburn said...

Really nice one, Gwen. Love the cloth, too.

Cathyann said...

It IS fun isn't it? and so fresh looking, Gwen. More!

Katherine Thomas said...

Good for you for trying new things with your art! I think that's how we grow and learn and become better at our craft! Everything I've learned from my ventures with various media is filed away in my mental toolbox, if that makes sense. I can imagine that working with a palette knife would present very unique challenges and opportunities! Great still life!

Linda Popple said...

Fantastic,Gwen!! Not only is it loose,but the colors are bright and the composition is really good! Well done!!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

You are brave and you did go outside the box.
Love it wanna see more.
How's the free feeling?

bricarwaller said...

Gwen I love this one too!! I just love your work. FAbulous!!!!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

You've done the palette knife proud, Gwen. This is full of luscious color and texture - Bravo!

hmuxo said...

I admire you Gwen..for taking the "plunge"! I wouldn't even know where to start. This one is beautiful...The palette knife looks very challenging and YET!! Even the floral cloth!! Excellent...

Angela Elledge said...

I can see you had fun with it and your painting is great. I've not painted with the knife a lot, but you've described exactly what happens when you swap brush for knife.

Kim said...

Gwen, good for you! It is robust and fresh and powerful. The cloth reminds me of old-fashioned tea towels like my Grandma had : )

Kathy Cousart said...

Nice job- love the colors! Very good composition also! Fun!

Tim Robinson said...

Amazing work you have here!

Rishi Kapil said...

This is very beautiful piece.A very nice red on a striking bright white .looks really very nice .:)

Arti said...

Great job with the knife!Love it.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

It's fantastic! Great job on it! That red is just yummy!

Karen Bruson said...

How fun to try something so different. It almost has a candy apple look.

Susan E. Roden said...

Pop! That's your red zinging Gwen - nice job and love the looseness.

Lorraine Shirkus said...

Gorgeous vibrant painting---love the dramatic red against the background!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

I love the modern edge you bring to your work. Unique and very appealing to me.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

This turned out great! I have been wanting to try this as well...when I use a plaette knife, I feel as if I am working with my left hand. It takes so much skill. The fabric looks really cool, and kind of abstract.
So good to be able to get on the internet again! My new computer is awesome.

suzanneberry said...

the amazing thing is that your ability is unphased by what's attached to your fingers. this has such an amazing impressionistic feel, it's magnificent! it looks as though it's been hanging on the wall of the Met for years gwen! wow. i'm looking forward to seeing more of these!

carolyn cobb art said...

happy birthday gwen bell!
you need to keep that palette knite at heand!
you worked wonders with it.
congratulations!

Virginia Floyd said...

I wondered that this painting looked so different from what I think of as your style of painting. Then I read that you had used a palette knife. It's really beautiful. I love the cheerful colors and free style. Great job!

Simon Shawn Andrews said...

what a cool painting