Sunday, July 19, 2009

Quiet Time



Quiet Time

Oil with palette knife on canvas paper
10" x 7.5"
$50 unframed

This is my entry into this week's Different Strokes From Different Folks challenge.

I started out with this pencil drawing to really study the figure as Karin suggested. I find that my train commute into work is a great time to sketch. As I was getting off the train, a woman commented "Your drawing is really nice. I was watching you draw in the window reflection as I was sitting behind you." A compliment like that from a complete stranger can be the best kind ever.

Looking at my painting now, I do see some flaws in the drawing. His torso looks too squat. But I do think that the drawing helped me to really study the figure in detail before I attacked the painting with a knife. I wanted to focus on the figure and really downplay the background. I also deliberately put him in the corner, emphazing his isolation from the surroundings. Here is a close up of the face.
And I didn't wait until the last day this time. Yeah!

8 comments:

Dean H. said...

Hi Ann...I'm a big fan of painting knife work! Beautiful strokes of texture...great color choices!

Andrea said...

You did great! I am not sure if I will post mine. Hey, thanks for joining my blog. That was exciting. I love following your work. Andrea

Carol Horzempa said...

Your palette knife painting turned out great! I admire anyone that can paint with a knife. Thanks for sharing the close-up of his face, very nice.

Claire said...

I am so impressed with those who can work with a palette knife, especially those like you who have such a natural talent for it. This is wonderful!

Jennifer said...

I really like your style.

Mark Bridges said...

Knife work is nice.

L.Holm said...

Your drawing is excellent, and that is a boost when strangers pop up with a compliment! You know it's sincere when they could just say nothing, but feel compelled to speak up. -)
Your impasto is gorgeous.

dominique eichi said...

wow, great work here ! wonderful studies.

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