24" x 24" textured mixed media painting on wrap around canvas
In this painting series, I wanted the focus to be on texture. Usually I paint with a lot of color, but I opted to use a limited palette on these pieces to really concentrate on the peeling bark of the aspen trees. Bordering on the edge of abstraction and the cusp of realism, Floating Expressions is loaded with layers and layers of paint, built up with thin glazes and then palette knife to create extreme dimension. Choosing to come in extremely close on the subject, I played around with various strokes and paint thicknesses to add depth and energy. At the end, I had to throw in a few of my signature strokes of color – a splash of gold, some touches of purple, and just a dab of fire-engine red for added excitement and unexpected color twists.
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"Crowd Pleaser" is signed, and drying at the studio...Starting this painting with transparent washes, I had a couple of ideas in mind for this rather large canvas. I have been wanting to paint a large floral landscape, then I thought it was about time to paint some roosters. In the end, a very abstract floral landscape appears...but one very different from what I was working on in the beginning. My husband, John said that it looks like a crowd of people, and along with the pleasant colors I used, he suggested the title. I am alway open to suggestions when it comes to naming my canvases...and I thought he nailed it. "Crowd Pleaser" works for me! Layers of mixed colors applied with brushes, allow the canvas to have paint built up in some areas. This painting is available for purchase...contact Kay for more info. Thanks for looking at my blog! Kay