Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Going With The Flow

24x30" Acrylic on canvas.
Photo Reference, lisilk WetCanvas.com

Painting with the brush or knife is the question for me now. With the brush the painting flows and are finished in a short time. With the knife it's always a struggle and takes a lot longer to finish. I know with the knife I will eventually paint really beautiful paintings. Ditto with the brush. It's like walking on a fence. Not always easy making decisions. I think I will go with my feelings and go with the brush for now.


  1. I like the color and energy of the bottom two-thirds a lot--warm, rich, exciting. The tree line feels a bit dark and heavy to me.

  2. Wild color and thick paint! I'm in agreement with Elliot, the top treeline, seems a bit dead. I might introduce a bit of the dark blue purple up there to create some excitement. The lower portion is working well for me.

  3. Thank you Elliot and Brian!

    I agree with both of you. It's coming close to be shipped to the local garbage dump, free of charge.

    On second thought I will try to restore it back to the way it was, before I decided to wing it and crash dive.

    I just painted another on the wing in under a hour. Now it will take me 2 days to repair it.

    I think I will go back to the Seven Step method just to maintain my sanity.

    Happy painting to all!

  4. Hey Ralph, I congratulate you for your courage and willingness to experiment and try new things. With my experiments , the success rate is pretty low but when one works , it really works. The 7-step method is tried and true for sure, but I hope you'll continue to experiment. You've produced some very exciting pieces in the last while. Brian

  5. lovely color in this one Ralph

  6. Thanks Brian, Dave!
    Yea I guess your right Brian. I'm a little depressed. My wife doesn't want to buy any more of my paintings.