Saturday, January 27, 2024

A Palm

Coconut Palm, acrylic 12 x 9

 More fun with the palette knife and acrylics. Wish I were on that beach now...

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Leaden sky

Leaden Sky, acrylic 12" X 9"


Sunday, January 7, 2024

The Orange Sail

The Orange Sail, acrylic 12" x 9"

Continuing with the maritime theme and the palette knife technique...

I quite like the freedom that comes with this technique. Though, I keep remembering a question from someone I know: "When are you going to move from watercolor to a more advanced media, like acrylic or oil?" It is baffling and quite sad that instead of learning about a subject, some people would rather put it in a rigid frame of simple rules, and keep quoting with authority stale beliefs from dusty books of centuries past. 

I'll play with acrylics as it gives me pleasure and do watercolors, when I miss the challenge. Each of them teaches me something. 

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Seascape studies in acrylic

Sea study 4, acrylic 6" x 4.5"

I wanted to figure out how to paint the sea with only a palette knife. So, I split a canvas into four squares and did a small study in each. I could feel my strokes getting gradually more confident and the result less muddled. I'm still very far from where I want to get, but I feel I have some control over the paint and the knife. And also having fun.
Sea study 3, acrylic 6" x 4.5"
Sea study 2, acrylic 6" x 4.5"
Sea studies

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Cliffview Park

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes to all!
Let there be sun and joy

Cliffview park, acrylic 12" X 9"

 Another attempt with a pallet knife, though I couldn't figure out how to do the water in that technique.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Reflections in the mountains (acrylic)

Mountain reflections, acrylic, 12" x 9"

Tried the same scene that I did in watercolor before. Ended up doing quite a lot of fiddling as there are more smaller details than in the two previous acrylics and I'm still using mostly a palette knife. Well, acrylic is much more forgiving than watercolor and the goal is to have fun.

Monday, August 7, 2023

Mountain views in acrylic

Rila mountain, acrylic 12" x 9"

Hillside shrubs, acrylic 12" x 9"
(based on Gerald Ashcroft's tutorial)

I want to thank my friend, Dina, for making me sign for a painting workshop last weekend. It was at the McMichael's gallery so we also saw the Tommy Thompson exhibition. That unlocked something in me and I couldn't stop thinking about painting. 

For courage, I went through a tutorial by an Australian artist Gerald Ashcroft, whose loose style attracted me. Following it, I did the second landscape with only four colors and a painting knife. Then I applied the same technique to the top view from the Rila mountains in Bulgaria. Each painting took me about two hours and I truly enjoyed doing them.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Reflections in the mountain

Mountain - study

 A hake brush and three colors...

Sunday, March 12, 2023


River - studies

Tuesday, February 28, 2023


a study of the Toronto skyline