Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This Hat Needs a Flower

This Hat Needs a Flower
11 x 14 inch oil on canvas panel
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This painting was done almost entirely with palette knives including her face, although I did use a brush here and there.  I used the fracturing technique I learned from Julie Ford Oliver's class.  My overall goal here was to really loosen up, however as you can see, her facial features are still tight with visible lines.  When I leave out the lines or wipe them away it never looks right to me, so back in they go.  This is my favorite thing about working in oils...it is so easy to redraw or blend away areas.  

Here are a couple of close-up photos so you can see the details a little better.  





Thank you so much for looking!  Have a great day!

28 comments:

  1. It's different and yes, looser. I've been thinking of taking that fracturing class myself.
    I don't think of your paintings as particularly tight. More of a dreaming quality like
    Chagall. It's difficult to 'see' our own paintings after looking at them so long. Yours
    are worlds with space to explore.

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    1. You should take the class Patty...it's worth every penny! Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  2. she is wonderful and i enjoy her title
    love your color palette too
    sweet week to you ~

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  3. Hi,Lisa!! Great painting!!!! I like hour header!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Roberto...I am always changing something somewhere on the internet. Change is refreshing. :)

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  4. Looser..... yes. Fun to do..... yes. Still Lisa Graham's style..... yes!
    xo Carole

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  5. Love this piece - and love the title too. You have such a uniquely wonderful style - don't try and change too much :-)

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  6. Well I think she looks great.. I kinda like the lines the palette knife leaves.. Happy Tuesday my friend.

    Hugs~

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  7. So beautiful! I love the texture from the use of the palette knife. I have never painted in oils but would love to give them a try but I find the idea a little daunting.

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    1. Hi Fuzzie...yes, daunting is a good word...but doable!! Give it a try!

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  8. I love the textured ridges the knife leaves, amazing that you can be so controlled, her face is wonderful.

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  9. Oh I like this lady emerged in red roses , very romantic and chic at the same time :-)

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  10. I took Julies class too and I think you did a great job using the fracturing. Sometimes it is hard to loosen up and the fracturing technique really helps. Your work is wonderfully loose and carefree anyway. Beautiful piece Lisa:)

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  11. she is so GREAT one hundred times LIsa! i just love the close ups you shared...so much texture. show us how she looks with a flower on her hat, please? her hat is fantastic..how i love to see your surprises! xo

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    1. Thank you Wanda...she is holding that flower intended for her hat...we will just have to imagine it there. :) xo

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  12. Who doesn't need a flower? Good for you too for taking advantage of the properties of oils. Re working can be a real benefit:)

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  13. Your work is always lovely. Be sure to keep your very own style!

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  14. Lisa, your art is so unique. I love meandering through your blog and getting lost in your point of view. You are inspiring!!!

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    1. Ann, thank you...lovely to see you here!

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  15. This is the great thing about learning new techniques...as a painter you can mix and match. Though some subscribe to the point of view (which is perfectly fine) that it must be one or the other, it doesn't have to be all one style (i.e. knife) or another (brush strokes). The blending (no pun intended) makes it your fresh and exciting, but still "you". Lovely as always.

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    1. I go back and forth on that Rachel. Should I stick to oil? To mixed media? To...? I haven't been able to make up my mind...so my conclusion is...whatever strikes the fancy. Thank you for your comment!!! :)

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  16. Huge thanks to everyone for the comments! I appreciate all of you very much!

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  17. Both this and the header paintings are wonderful,
    I love the palatte knife effect. I didn't know about the class but will look into it
    Thank you for the heads up!
    xx
    julie

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