Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Palette Knife Bluebird

I was totally bowled over by the response to my American Robin and all your comments have inspired me to try my hand at some more birds!  I'm just a bit scared that I won't live up to the Robin and be a total disappointment.

So, instead of posting a brush painting of a bird, I did it with a palette knife. 

First time working an entire painting with a palette knife.  Our Friday group decided it was palette knife day and we were shown the nitty gritty by artist Heather Selby who paints with us.  I must say that I did enjoy it, but I think I'm really a brush painter.  It's kind of nice finding out where your interests lie by constantly trying new things!

So, this is my Eastern Bluebird, also from the USA and from James Parker's Windows to the Word blog.


(This is taking a heck of a long time to dry!!)


25 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Another gorgeous bird, Liz. Is this one on the roof of a house? I am mesmerized by the blending of colors in the bottom right hand corner. There is something so very three-dimensional about this beautiful little bird. I can see his round little body ruffling his feathers and can almost hear the singsong of his chirping!

Manon Doyle said...

I love the texture that the palette knife gives you. You do such beautiful work!! I'm sure it takes forever to dry...lol

James Parker said...

Absolutely marvelous, Liz!! Last time I tried painting with a knife, I left peanut butter all over the canvas. Your little bluebird (and thrush) are happily posted and linked at Windows to the Words Art. And I see what you mean about comments for the robin... make take more time to read them than for your paint to dry :-)

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Beautiful, Liz. Your skill with a knife is amazing!

Arti said...

Both of these birds are terrific, Liz!Can't believe the delicate work was done by knife..congrats!

Prabal said...

Yes, the Robin was great. But this one is nice too and different. I remember doing an entire painting with palette knife long time back.. All I remember is it was quite time consuming, but great fun..

Sheila said...

Palette knife!? The depth and the breadth of your talents continue to amaze me Liz. You also picked the absolutely perfect color blue for this happy bird.

Marie Theron said...

The bird is utterly sweet and touchable, Liz! You are doing very well painting birds and the rough background is very effective!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Yes...it takes time to dry but painting with a palette knife can be fun. We get beautiful textures in the painting. I've tried this a few times. In fact, I have used it along with the brush wherever some texture was required in the painting.
And you've done a good job considering this is your first knife painting :)

JRonson said...

Full of expression, amazin job :)

jyothisethu said...

liz,
the blue bird indeed is an amazing work from you...
my husband said that, it has to be watched, unlike the brush work, from a distance...
i did, and found out the beauty...
congrats...

pencilportraits said...

Wow Liz, I wish I could paint and with a knife too! How do you get the detail in? It must be so difficult to get the shades in and to bring it all together. Fantastic job.

Tereza said...

Hi Liz.
Both birds are so lovely I cant choose which is best.

Well done! Congratulations

and now I see what you are up to.

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

How sweet!!!

Celeste Bergin said...

masterfully painted

Art with Liz said...

Dear Sherry, thank you so much for the lovely words. I think he is sitting on the top of his bird house. And I absolutely can't remember the colours I used! Isn't that awful.


Hi Manon thank you and I so appreciate your visits. Guess what - it's still not dry and in this heat, all my other paintings touch dried in two days!

Art with Liz said...

Peanut butter James? Interesting colour choice! Thank you for allowing us such a wonderful choice of subject this month - your Windows to the Words blog is really great.


Thank you so much Carol. (By the way, I am constantly referring people to your blog as to my belief of the way abstract painting should be!)

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Arti, it was fun, but I don't think will be a regular thing!


Aah Prabal, what a nice thing to say - and it is kind of fun to do, isn't it!

By the way, my Indian friends, my team is on top of the log now - Royal Challengers Bangalore - GO!

Art with Liz said...

Dear Sheila, you and I started blogging round about the same time and I look at where you are now and I go back to my 'older' work and I see how we've both progressed together! I love it! Thank you my friend.


Thank you so much Marie. That background has got so much paint on it ...

Art with Liz said...

Dear Ramesh, thank you so much. You are amazingly encouraging and I love hearing from you.


Dar JRonson, thank you so much. I have tried to connect with your blog, but am having a little trouble at the moment. Will keep trying.

Art with Liz said...

Hi there Sethu, thank you and your husband is so right. You do need to stand back from it for it to look better!


Gosh Karie-Ann, I wish I could wield a pencil like you can! Thank you so much.

Art with Liz said...

Dear Tereza, thank you and I wish you'd start blogging yourself! I've seen some of your work on Dana Marie's Inspiration all Around Us blog, so I know you can do it!


Thank you so much Kath - I really appreciate your comment.

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Celeste, thank you so much!

Sadia Hussain said...

Wonderful textures and a beautiful palette!

Nancy Medina said...

I may have already said this, but I love your little bluebird Elizabeth - the texture plays up the color so beautifully! happy painting 2 U! xoxo