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Palette Knife Sketch

palette knife sketch

Acrylic, 8.5×11″

Sketches are so much fun! I love doodling around and figuring out new compositions for future paintings. This sketch was painted on a xerox copy of one of my palettes. I used the existing shapes formed by my scraping of paint around on the palette and this little creature emerged. I don’t think I’ll be doing a large scale painting of this sketch, but it was a fun experiment. I highly recommend using your old used palette paper to sketch on. This concept is sort of like a painters version of the scribble game where you scribble lines onto a page and then try to pick out an image.


Painted Skull


Acrylic, 30×48″

So finally after many different sketches the final skull emerged.  I was inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s skull paintings, but chose to incorporate my own experimentation into the process.  The result was created by spraying water on the canvas after each application of paint.  Sometimes the canvas was so wet the paint would start sliding down the canvas in chunks.  This technique is definitely something I want to experiment with further.