This contemporary palette knife painting is in progress.....probably 95% complete. I was very generous with the paint yesterday (I have the cad red in my hair to prove it!) The paint is layered on the canvas with the palette knife. I need the paint to set up before I do anything else. This rooster is on a 24" x 24" gallery wrap canvas, and will not need a frame. I hope to put the finishing touches on this guy today, then sign him and name him! Thanks for viewing.....Kay
Since yesterday was Christmas Day, I spent the day with family at home. I did not hit the studio....but after all the cooking, gift giving and things were winding down, I pulled out my little Guerilla Box and started painting this contemporary rooster. I had a limited palette, and not a knife to be found. So, this 12"x 12" oil on gessoed masonite has a good start with a flat brush. I think I will keep him here at home to work on. I had started a new large rooster at the studio on the 24th....I can't wait to work on him. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. Kay
Merry Christmas Santas are all over the Wyne house. Each year I decorate with so many wonderful carvings of santas, angels, and snowmen. They are all different, each carving with it's own personality and characteristics. What makes these so special is that they are all made by my dad, Charlie Miller. He works on his carvings year round, and generously gives them away during the holidays. They are all amazing! I have collected dozens and dozens of carvings....all different shapes, sizes and colors. This iron tree holds 28 Santas from around the world....it is our favorite decoration. Dad really did a great job on these carvings.....when he made them years ago, he made three sets. Painting the wood carvings is a task that I have been working on...I prefer my oils on canvas, but these wood carvings are fun and challenging. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with friends and family.....Kay
My inspiration for this painting was a beautiful arrangement that son in-law Wes gave to daughter Lindsay. I asked what the occasion was......."just because" was the answer that I got. Painting the is drying at the studio. I used thick strokes with the palette knife.
Here is a close-up of the painting....the paint is built up on the canvas. Thanks for viewing this art blog. Have a good day...Kay at 214-532-0325 or email@example.com
This floral arrangement is absolutely gorgeous, even after a week has passed since Wes gave these to Lindsay. (Great choice of a sweet "just because" gift to your wife, Wes!) I spotted them on their coffee table, and could not resist.....I borrowed them for a couple of days. This photo isn't very good, which is the reason why it is beneficial to paint from a still life. What you see in life isn't the same as what you see in a photograph. It's better. I was in the mood to paint BIG....this canvas is 36" x 36"... a great size. I toned the canvas with a transparent orange just so that I wouldn't start out with a stark white background. Then I sketched in the shapes with charcoal. I am not sure what I am doing with the background, but I need to get it in because I am going to use the palette knife on this canvas....all the way. Here is a close-up of the vase. As you can see, I started putting the color on with the palette knife, and the texture is building up. I can't wait to get to the studio and work on this one today...I hope to post an update on this tomorrow. Thanks for looking at my art, and have a great day. Kay
This painting is colorful, contemporary and would great on a narrow but wall with a high ceiling. I started using earthy muted tones for the ground up to the horizon line. Then started to throw in some light and more intense colors for the leaves, sky and light ---- all bouncing off the trees. Thanks for looking at this painting.....and this blog. Contact Kay if you have any questions or comments. Kay at 214-532-0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This painting was painted at Dutch Art Gallery for a demo on Saturday. I had thought about wiping it at one point, but once I let the paint sit for a couple of days, I made several strokes with the knife and signed it. This rooster was at the Texas State Fair, all caged up.....John and I were walking through the barns, and this fellow caught my eye. Here is a close-up of the linen......lots of texture because the paint was layered with the palette knife. I felt like I was frosting a cake! I did wipe the background once....I was talking during the demo and really wasn't thinking about the color choice.....I wiped the dioxazine purple (was too intense) and mixed some turquoise and cobalt blue for the background. I think that makes it pop. Thanks for viewing the art on this blog.....contact me for more information on this painting at 214-532-0325 or email@example.com
Bubba is finished!!!! It has taken me several months to finish this painting. Bubba is his real name, and his owners, Scott and Diane Bagley of Rural Route Illinois were kind enough to let me walk their farm earlier this year. His ear tag says # 305, and I had a very hard time reading what was underneath the numbers....I am thinking his name was on that tag, so I took the liberty of putting it on the tag. Bubba is real cute, and I wanted to capture his expression as he stood with his front feet in the tub. He is a special calf.......he has a twin!!!! (I should probably paint the twin so that there are no hard feelings between them.) And they look exactly alike. This contemporary calf is looking for a new home. Please contact me if you are interested in hanging Bubba in your home. Thanks for viewing....Kay at 214-532-0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I thought I was finished with this painting, but as I look at it, I see a few things that need work. Just a few hits of color. The Cad Red on this painting will take a long time to dry. I will work on this guy today after the art demonstration at Dutch Art Gallery. Thanks for looking....Kay
These two roosters are having a one-sided conversation on my easel. They aren't finished, but I hope to put some finishing touches on this contemporary oil painting this week. I am doing a painting demonstration tomorrow at Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas....if you are in the neighborhood, please stop by! Thanks for viewing....Kay
This contemporary cow painting is sold. If you are interested in any of my other bovine beauties, please check out my website or contact me. I have some paintings drying at the studio. Thanks, Kay at 214-532-0325 or email@example.com
Thick oils on this canvas give it texture and depth. This painting sold to a collector in California. I normally like working on larger canvases, but this 12" x 16" worked out well. The sides of the canvas are also painted with oils....the image is wrapped around the piece. Thanks for viewing....Kay
This contemporary rooster is framed and hanging at The Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas. Please take time to visit the gallery for the third annual Artists of Texas membership show, "The Spirit of Texas". Thanks for viewing my art....Kay
This painting brings back memories of a few trips to New Orleans...a typical street scene along Bourbon Street. This painting is available....please contact me if you are interested. Thanks, Kay at 214-532-0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This painting is a a complete detour from most of the aspen paintings that I do. The color palette is soft and muted. I stayed away from the bold and vibrant color palette that I normally paint with. I wanted the viewer to be drawn into the painting....Thanks for viewing. Quiet Times is hanging at the gallery in Santa Fe. Please contact me if you are interested in this contemporary palette knife painting. Kay at 214-532-0325 or email@example.com.
This palette knife painting is loose and colorful. I used the knife on most of the painting, so there is some texture and thickness to the paint. I also used oil sticks in the background. This painting needs a frame and a new home. If you are interested in this painting, or any of my art, please contact me. Thanks for looking! Kay at 214-532-0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This painting ready to hang....and it doesn't need a frame with the thick, chunky look of the gallery wrap canvas. This palette knife painting needs a new home....please contact Kay if you are interested in this painting. Thanks for viewing this blog, and have a great Monday. I will be painting after a weekend of Thanksgiving, family, and decorating for Christmas.
This contemporary palette knife painting has layers and layers of color and texture. I started with a base coat of warm gray on sides and front of canvas. After putting my horizon line in, I used oil sticks and brush to apply color. Using the palette knife, I started putting trees in from the horizon line. I wanted more violets, blues and grays to dominate on the canvas. The crimson, burnt orange and turquoise bounce off the cool colors, giving the piece some contrast. The canvas is 36" x 48", and is ready to hang...no fame needed on the gallery wrap canvas. Thanks for viewing this blog and my art.....Kay at 214-532-0325 or email@example.com
I love the linen showing through on this contemporary aspen painting. When I started painting, I wanted the viewer to be able to see the linen. The natural linen is warm and rich in color. I used a wide, flat brush and the palette knife to apply the oils. The 80" high canvas would look great on a vertical space with a high ceiling...it is ready to ship to the gallery in Santa Fe. Thanks for viewing this blog...Kay at 214-532-0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone...here is a pic of the family last weekend. We won't all be together today, as Blake is in College Station at the Aggie-Longhorn football game....a tradition that may end soon. John and I are cooking, with Lindsay and Wes coming over for football and dinner. I hope that you have a wonderful day and safe travels. I am away from the easel today, but hope to tackle a new race horse painting tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving! Kay
This contemporary cow is back on the easel....I need to put his eyes in and work on his snout. Sometimes I get to a certain place in a painting and I loose interest or get distracted. I need to work on this canvas today. Thanks for looking at my blog and art....Kay
This calf was standing in a bucket of water....I think it was taken in Illinois in May. I need to check on my reference photograph, if I can find it. This cute baby has a twin. I started this painting about a month ago. I need to work on his eyes and snout. I hope to get inspired to finish him up this week. Thanks for viewing....Kay
This contemporary abstract painting is drying right now at the studio. I may need to rephotograph it, because the colors are not as sharp as they should be. The oranges, violets and crimsons pop of the neutral background. Lines and shapes are painted with wide brush strokes, paint was moved by the palette knife, and oil sticks were used on the gallery wrap canvas. Thanks for viewing this art...Kay at 214-532-0325 or email@example.com.
This palette knife painting was inspired by a kitchy wooden rooster from Macomb, Illinois. Mary Karas liked roosters, and this one had a prominent place in the Karas kitchen. I remember it well, as I spent many hours at their house growing up. Mrs. Karas gave me this rooster years ago, and it has been roosting in the Wyne kitchen.
Here is the wooden rooster next to the painting. I jazzed up the feathers and exaggerated the length of his neck, and added some color to him. He does have personality! It will probably take months to dry since the paint is very thick. I did not use a brush, only palette knives. Mac was fun to paint, especially since he has a history! Thanks to Mrs. Karas for passing this fine rooster on to the Wyne family, and thank you for viewing this blog and my art. Kay at 214-532-0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new Omni Hotel in Dallas is completed. The ribbon-cutting ceremonies and reception was held last Friday. It is an amazing hotel, with ART everywhere! Here is a pic of a guest room bathroom, and the 32" x 32" mixed media piece that I created. It was a great project, and I met lots of artists while working on it. If you have to opportunity to visit the Omni, you won't be disappointed in the hotel, restaurants, the art....everything is beautiful. All of the art was created by local artists!
This painting is drying....I used a cooler background color than I normally do on this canvas. The canvas is rather thick, and gives the canvas a chunky, heavy look. I liked the size....more of a small to medium size canvas. I wanted to create some depth, with the viewer looking through the canvas, eye wandering around. The colors on the canvas change from deep violets and purple and greys to roses, oranges and ochers. Here is a close-up shot of the canvas, as you can see the colors better. A wide, flat brush and palette knife was used to create this painting. Please contact Kay if you are interested in this piece, or any of her other paintings. Thanks, Kay at 214-532-0325 or email@example.com.