This little white dog, Gigi, was with her dog walker when I met up with her at the park. Such an affectionate dog. One morning I spotted her rolling on the grass, enjoying the cool grass and the summer breeze.
Lost edges to melt into the background. Using a palette knife for accent highlights.
More attempts on using the palette knife. Actually the finishing touches with a palette knife but I began this painting with brushes.
I had been inspired by Brian Astle‘s paintings of daily studies – a singular object, the use of a palette knife to texture the background and the losing of the edge.
This dated item I kept around for over 30 years. In my 20’s I had worked as a graphic artist and had used this to removed rubber cement or wax from the typeset text to reposition it. Definitely before computers. Nowadays, hitting “delete” is all that’s needed.
This little dog may look scrappy but his owner sure do love him.
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Every year the Pence Gallery holds the annual Garden Tour in Davis. Certain gardens are chosen for their designs and use of native Californian plants in their yards. I had an opportunity to be the artist on-site in two of these gardens.
These two paintings were from one home and were done from photographs. I attempted to paint plein air but the hot afternoon sun sweated my oils that I found difficult to work from. Painting exteriors scenes is something I normally don’t do. I think my approach here became more illustrative than painterly.
These paintings will be exhibited along with other arts done during the garden tour for the month of June at the Pence Gallery.
I stopped by a bookstore while in downtown Davis. The volunteer there had her corgie, Sutter, so friendly. Instantly she rolled on her back for a rub on her tummy. With the owner’s permission I took several photos since Sutter wanted more pats. Finally got a couple of good shots.
Painting a person in the landscape gives a sense of scale.