Monday, November 18, 2013

Yellow Boat and more . . . 

Yellow Boat
Oil   5x7
Another boat painting that I enjoy so much.  This painting was done exclusively with a palette knife.  Last year, I painted almost entirely with a palette knife for about 9 months.  The reason I went back to brush painting is because I was about to take a class and wasn't even sure if I knew how to paint with a brush and decided I'd better do some practicing.  After that, I've painted almost entirely with a brush.  It is fun to have both at my disposal.  I do still sometimes now do an entire painting with the knife and it's also great to lay in fresh pops of pure color and for highlights.  If I find I am "fiddling" with the painting too much, I will get out my knife and add some fresh color and leave it without working it to death.  See below for more . . .
My Studio
and a few of my favorite things
Thought you might be interested in seeing my little corner of the world.  This is where I spend a lot of time and strive to spend more.  I will admit that I've spent very little the last few weeks and probably not much the remainder of the year as we gear up for the holidays.  Don't want to miss any holiday activities.  I was also trying to capture the fall color out the window.  This was last week--now the leaves are pretty much gone.  One day they were just raining leaves--slowly floating to the ground.  It was so beautiful and peaceful to watch.  See below for more . . .
My Palette Knives or Painting Knives
Several of you have asked what is a palette knife, so here they are.  They look like little offset spatulas, or for you guys, putty knives.  Just pick up some paint on the edge and pretend you are frosting a cake.  I use the one at the bottom of the photo the most--#44.  They are fun to use.  Give them a try.  See below for more . . .
A few of my favorite paints
Love these colors--um, that might be a painting.   Hope you've enjoyed a little glimpse into my painting world.  I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have any time. 
Have a wonderful week!  Thank you for hanging in with me even though I abandon you at times.  My apologies for that.  The best part of art is sharing it with friends and family who have a love and appreciation for it.  That would be you!  I sincerely appreciate your interest!




  1. I love the boats, great colors. Plus nice idea to include photos of you studio.

  2. Wonderful color combination, Judy! Thanks for sharing the other photos of your set-up.

  3. Thank you Carol and Linda. I appreciate your comments! They keep the creative juices flowing.

  4. Love the rich blues against the warm yellows.