As a portrait sculptor, detail has always been very important to me, but I love loose, Impressionistic work and am trying to get there with my paintings. Yesterday, I painted along with my teacher for the first time, which forced me to be LOOSE because she's FAST!! She went from blank canvas to finished, beautiful painting in less than an hour! I kept up fairly well, but going so fast forces you to be loose. It's interesting to see the difference between the loose painting of yesterday (the partially completed iris painting) versus the carefully painted ones I've done before like "Joyful" on the right. The iris painting is very much in the "uglies" stage. It will be beautiful when I'm done with it!
In sculpture news, "Focus" is now in bronze, just getting his final polish and then on to the patinas! I can't wait to see the finished piece!
I have been a professional sculptor over 25 years. Then Corona hit and the world shut down. During that time, I saw an ad for a palette knife painting course and joined the group. I have FINALLY, after a lifetime of lessons that didn't "take" for some reason, found a teacher and a painting method that works with my 3D mind!
The painting shown is "The Christmas Pony" and is available as I write this.
I have always loved the work of Van Gogh, especially the ones with tremendous texture. I also love the bright colors he used. This painting teacher, Jennifer Vranes (www.jensart.com) uses bold, beautiful colors and lots of texture. She's also a wonderful, loving, encouraging teacher, and she has created a family feeling with her students. Classes are always fun and critiques are always encouraging, never negative. That's a great atmosphere for artistic growth.
I'm learning this technique while doing landscapes, flowers, windows, etc., but I'm not becoming a landscape artist. I plan to do Impressionistic and/or slightly abstract horse paintings when my skills are developed enough. In the meantime, I'm having a lot of fun and enjoying the lessons and my fellow artists, This is a huge step away from my detailed portraits in bronze, but it's satisfying and fun. I hope you will enjoy my journey with me and will like my paintings enough to start collecting them!
I still have sculptures for sale, and one sculpture ("Focus") is being cast at the foundry as I write this. Please go to www.TheSculptedHorse.com to see my 3-D work and jewelry.
Self-taught sculptor Lynda Sappington ventured into palette knife painting during the Covid quarantine. She is enjoying her classes with Jennifer Vranes and the Let's Dabble Club. Her paintings show her exuberant love of color.
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