Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Keepin' On Painting

                                       Chocolate, Vanilla, or TWIST?,  6" x 6",  oil

My sibs and I often talked about opening some kind of business together as we would get closer to  retirement age. Since we all have jobs that can be rather stressful at times we thought how about something real simple. No stress and basically no hard thinking involved. Hence, "The Dairy Dome" idea was born. Only serving soft serve ice cream, 3 choices of flavor, 3 choices in size, no thinking involved on our parts (Though my brother Mark insisted on serving blizzards - I told him he was in charge of that). 
When my dad would come out to Syracuse to spend a couple of months each summer, we always went to this buffet at the Turning Stone Casino (yeah, my dad loved playing poker on the slot machines). They had a soft serve ice cream machine serving chocolate, vanilla or a twist. So I would make us cones to practice for the future business. On one of our trips I took pictures of a couple of the cones I made.
Which brings me to this painting of one of my attempts at making a "twist".  When I found this picture in my files, it brought back memories to those times I spent with my dad. So here's to you dad.
By the way making a cone is not as easy as I thought.

                                  Pomegranates,   8" x 10",   oil

As I continue to experiment with a more expressive painting style, I painted the above with a palette knife. I had taken a few books out of the library to gain a better understanding of color and found this book "Painting Class: Oil" by David Sanmiguel.  The above painting is one of his from the book. I basically copied this to get the hang of painting with a palette knife. And I think I will leave painting with a palette knife to those artists who prefer to paint with one. I'm going to stick to brushes.

On a final note; I came across the paintings of  artist Lisa Scott who paints with her fingers. Her work is absolutely amazing. Check out her web sight to see her work and read her story:

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