Free Spirited


After doing the monotonous painting of a large sunflower field (which I haven’t yet shared here) I felt like doing something really fun and free and colorful. And this painting became the result of that feeling.

I initially planned to sit down and told myself I would complete this in one session. The reason why is because I love to paint wet on wet. When you wait days between sessions the areas you have worked on began to dry and are mostly unworkable once they are dry. Unless, that is, if you’ve applied the paint very thin as an undercoat, perhaps. Anyway, I think this painting ended up taking me at least 5-6 sessions. I suppose it will take a lot more practice for me to be able to do the work more quickly and complete in one session.

I’ve been working on palette knife paintings for about 6 months now. With every painting I learn a bit more. And with every painting I have learned that I must stop trying to work areas after they have dried. The results are almost always dissapointing. But its a temptation hard to resist when you notice something in the dry areas that you did not notice when it was wet, or sometimes a scratch, or even hair or fibers land in the paint before has dried.

Dust and fibers landing in your wet paint as it is drying is a constant battle for me. You should move everything around that your going to before you start painting to avoid kicking up dust, hair, or fibers. But even as you work these pesky little nuisance find their way into the paint. You can try removing them as you work. I’ve been leaning my easel quite a ways back with the painting facing inward and down to avoid this while its drying. I also have a large flat screen TV box I can put them in when their drying. I’ve read though that this is a battle many oil painters face and people have said they are visible in the works of famous painters if you look closely. I guess that helped ease the obsession toward the issue some: knowing even the greats couldn’t stop them.

Anyway, my point is the more I practice, the more I learn. And hopefully I am improving my skills along the way.