I think it was the rusty chain that inspired me to paint this anchor left in the sand after the tide went out. The tide goes way out in P-town leaving boats high and dry, tilting one way or the other. Boats always make for beautiful paintings but no, this time I was intrigued by the anchor.
I am excited about painting more boats with the palette knife but I had a few dogs to catch up with. It was a good creative weekend and these two little rascals were a pleasure to work on. They are
6" x 6" which is a good size for a pet portrait. We visited friends in AZ who have a very large, life-size painting of a large dog they once had. It is a very dramatic painting and they have the perfect spot for it but I do love the small canvas close up with a focus on the dogs expression and eyes.
I had the privilege of hosting Leslie Saeta, from the blog talk radio show, Artists Helping Artists, and her occasional co-host (and my good friend) Margaret Sheldon for four days this past week. Leslie held a Palette Knife Painting Workshop here in Falmouth with participants from all over. This was my best effort, my first attempt was a bit of a muddy mess that quickly got tossed. I am excited to try another larger canvas platte knife painting or perhaps a combination of knife and brush. Leslie is a very high energy person with lots to share about art as a business. The changes to my web site were her great suggestions. We also talked about painting for our own satisfaction and yet still selling our work. All good stuff.
This past summer I was fortunate to attend a workshop with Colley Whisson at the Landgrove Inn in Landgrove, VT. Colley is an Australian artist