Knife painting Magnolia

Under the magnolia branch a husky eats a flower Magnolia

Can you see the Husky Puppy named Sky eating the Amaryllis flower in the foreground? He was in my arms as he leaned forward to much on the floral delight…Sky works at Toose Art Supply if you are hankering to pat a friendly dog today…
The Magnolia tree bloomed & I caught it that evening, as I stood on the sidewalk, with my giant stretched linen canvas resting its crossbars on the construction cone’s flat top…I stood & sketched each bloom in oil pastel…

Later, moving to a private garden, where I began laying down memory with walnut oil paint & painting knife, allowing my mind to drift a little so a happy accident might occur…Can you see the Husky Puppy named Sky eating the Amaryllis flower in the foreground?
He was in my arms as he leaned forward to munch on the floral delight…Sky works at Toose Art Supply if you are hankering to pat a friendly dog today…
Back of Magnolia

My way of painting: Start with Plein Air…Oil pastels…Later use a knife & oils…Eco-dammar after 6 monthsI take a prepped linen canvas, already stretched…I like to prep with Liquitex clear gesso…Clear interferes less with colours…3 coats…

Then I bring along good oil pastels, Sennelier is nice…Lay your sketch down in oil pastels-you can use different colours (buy the big box)…Then later, in oils & knife(outside in a garden with sunlight), I lay down colour in paint…What this does is it separates the image ever so slightly from reality-your colour memory will be different than true…

This liberates the subject a bit, so it is not quite real…It allows for some imagination to come through…The marriage of real & imagined is my hybrid style…Ya I’m totally into making things easier but still classy…if you learn to paint with a knife you don’t need solvents at all, plus you save huge because brushes are pricy… (Also animal hair brushes have politics attached to them-depending on country & animal, so you get to feel self-righteous about the knife too)…

 

With the oil pastels you can lay down a really fresh well done sketch with your colour choices…Later, you can use oils with a knife (try this), & instead of using a palette that gets filled up with paint (messy & wasteful), just lay down your oils straight from the tube onto your pastel lines, all colours down first, then you can smush them in with the knife, which gives a wonderful marbly blend in places where colours touch & mingle…Then you get a thick painting with lots of texture…Ok the waiting to dry is way longer, but you get a total masterpiece…

You can photograph it fresh & post it on your Facebook or website & by the time it sells (maybe 6 months later), or goes to a show, you can lay on a coat of eco-dammar varnish…(I smear my eco-dammar on with disposable surgical gloves…Mine is from Eco-House.com)…I don’t use solvents, or turpentines at all…How to paint my way…by Sari Grove

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(Biography chatter:from my Author Central page on Amazon-Grove Health Science is a series of 12 books now!) Hi...I'm Sari Grove...Sari sounds like Mary...Grove is the last name I took from my husband, 'cause it is a really nice name, & he was very very good looking, & I married him, & my maiden name, the name I grew up with, was "Slatt", which could be turned into all sorts of unfortunate words, which is why when I was looking for a mate, I sought someone with a cool last name...(I cannot tell you how many totally worthy men I had to ignore due to their last names being unmelodic or otherwise unsuitable...) Grove Canada is a pen name, mostly because when I needed a web address, I could not get Grove.com or even grove.ca, so I just got GroveCanada, due to a serious lack of imagination in that moment...It stuck, so I still use it...I thought this time, if I used Grove Canada as a pen name, that maybe you might look up my blog online, at GroveCanada.ca, & enjoy the freshness of getting information from the horse's mouth, up to the minute, rather than the instant obsoleteness that a book creates...Like a car depreciates as soon as you buy it-a book is old as soon as it is published...For a Virgo perfectionist, this inability to easily update, with a new chapter, with new research, causes me constant worrisome self-abnegating, consternation... I use those dot dot dot things, the etcetera symbol, at the end of my sentences, as a habit-you will always know it is me writing, you will always pause at the end of a sentence to think for a moment, you will remember that poetry is beautiful, & you will take everything I say with a giant grain of Pink Himalayan salt(since the grammatical error will irk you into that state of skepticism)! Love & Hugs, Sari ps. I became a Christian at the age of 21, which may seem like a non sequitur, & though my faith is decent my works may not really do justice to that title-but I thought I'd mention it, since my first name Sari always seems to force an assumption about my background-and though you would be right to assume that it tends to be a Jewish name, you might not be right in assuming that that is what I am going to sound like when I expound on some of my karmic principles or other ethical compasses I have developed...Not that I have done away with my past, it is just I have iced the cake with the new updated version-so if you wrong me, I may just turn the other cheek(New), instead of doing the eye for an eye thing back at you!(old)...

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