In order to grow, we must change.
Many of you may remember how, up until the end of 2012, I painted my landscapes by layering glazes of color over another. The results were glass like and glowing.
After a trip to New Mexico, I started experimenting with palette knives, applying thick bodies of paint to form heavy, lush and textured paintings. Pretty much the opposite of what I was doing!
The palette knife paintings had been a hit for nearly five years. But I felt like I hit a wall this summer. A series of ventures which ended with disappointing results have prodded me to explore new ideas.
So I’m going back to my earlier roots, so to speak. I’m returning to the thinner, brushed on glazing technique that also enjoyed some success.
However, I’m not abandoning my love for the knife.
This painting is among the first to be painted with a new technique I’m developing. I’ve blended some brushed-in washes and glazes with strong palette knife strokes. The shadows are beautiful in their receding blues, while the painterly highlights pop from the canvas.
The painting depicts the remnants of a quarried out hill in the evening. Pink wisps of clouds float between the viewer and a sliver of moon. I love the the jagged lines where the sunlit rocks meet the shaded part.
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This little church and graveyard is in a small town called Tajique, in the Manzano Mountains of New Mexico. I captured rain clouds breaking up over the mountains to let the sunlight reach the enchanted land.
In this is a small painting, I further refined the new technique. I’ve combined the glowing washes and glazes of thin paint with thick highlights as before, but softened the edges by blending the highlights into the glazes.
In this farm scene, I established the shadows with glazes of thin paint, then pounded in the light areas with a knife. Again, I softened the edges of the impasto, creating a dramatic, but not harsh, lighting. There are great colors in there!
I hope you’ll enjoy these paintings as they progress and develop. I think they’ll be a beautiful addition to any collection. I urge you to sign up for my email list (here) so you can join me in exploring this technique!