Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Sunflowers II - Acrylic Impressionistic Palette Knife Plein Aire Painting by Pennsylvania Artist Pat Koscienski


Sunflowers II
8" x 10"
Acrylic on 300 lb watercolor paper
This painting was started plein air at Ashcombe's Farm in Mechanicsburg this summer. We painted 2 days in their sunflower fields. This was day 2 and the sun was shining, very unlike day 1 which was overcast. It was near the end of the season for these flowers; their heads were large and heavy, and they struggled to lift them for the sun that was shining on them. I used a palette knife on rough 300 lb watercolor paper. It was neat to get some of those tiny effects when the knife scumbled over the rough paper. This painting will fit into a standard 8x10 frame, or can be matted and framed to a larger size. If you have any questions, or wish to purchase, contact Pat at patsfineart@hotmail.com If you wish to see more of my paintings, please visit my website and blogspot at:

4 comments:

Cecelia Lyden said...

Such a vibrant, lively painting--wonderful sweeping movement from the foreground to the houses in the background. Great tactile look.

Mary Beth Brath said...

Hi Pat - do you use different shapes of palette knives to get different effects? I have only done a few with a knife. One sold last fall. I am really wanting to get into it more.

Pat Koscienski said...

Thanks, Cecelia. That palette knife over rough watercolor paper sure helps get that "tactile look".

Pat Koscienski said...

Mary Beth, not really. It seems like trial and error for me at this point. A lot seems to be affected by paint consistency, surface, and technique of application.