Several years ago I decided I wanted the challenge of creating an oil painting using only pallet knives. My students (I was teaching a co-op of homeschoolers) gifted me with a gift card to a local art supply store so I used it to purchase a 36" x 48" canvas. I don't know why I didn't get a smaller canvas...guess I was feeling extra brave. I had my canvas and a photo of some fall trees behind a lake that I captured, and I was ready to paint.
I worked on the painting off and on until I became impatient to finish. I cheated and added the "road to nowhere" that cascaded down some mountains ans into the water.. It wasn't a painting I was proud of, but I hung it in my living room because where else was I gonna put a 3'x4' canvas?
(I hesitate to share this before painting with you, but I want you to see what I'm talking about)
When visitors came over they always asked about the painting, and it always ended with the same comment about the road. I made up some lame reason for the road.
I lived with that painting longer than I should have, but last week I decided to paint over it (the canvas was way too expensive to just throw out). I was inspired by a monochromatic color scheme, and some horse paintings that I have seen on Pinterest.
"Majestic" 36" x 48" oil on canvas
In order to keep this painting neutral (since I tend to work with a colorful Pallet), I limited myself to three colors: Titanium White, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. I also allowed myself to work rather loose making sure to not get hung up on all the details. My goal was more of a feeling than realism. The textured underpainting from the pallet knife painting came through and I love how it looks. Wish you could see it in the photo, but it is very evident in person.
(Here is the painting hanging in my home.)
Now I'm starting to think about all those larger canvas paintings in my closet from art school. Hmmm... wonder if I should recycle those too?