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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bella

Bella
Oil on canvas, 12x12. Commission

Judy Mackey, the painter who helped launch me into palette knife painting, has started a blog called (drum roll....) Palette Knife Painters, and I am part of it, as of today. The blog is in its infancy, but I think it's going to be very interesting.

I had done some painting with the knife, and was using brushes in very knife-like ways when I ran into Judy's work and was simply taken by it. There was one painting in particular that sang to me. I made it into my screen saver and studied it. I pestered Judy with questions. I enlarged every one of her paintings and studied them, the strokes, the colors, the techniques - and I jumped in.

So I owe Judy Mackey a debt of gratitude. Her fine work, her patient answers, her encouragement all helped me find this path that's making me so happy.

And I have to say how much I love this painting of Bella, an Italian greyhound. I met her on LaSalle Road in West Hartford, Conn., a couple weekends ago, while I was painting, and am commissioned to paint her and her compadre, Marco Polo. I couldn't be happier with this painting, and will hate to see it go.

I am experimenting with making some T-shirts with my paintings on them. I will let you know how this works, and if it does, will take some photos and offer them here on the blog.

Thanks for reading!

4 comments:

Judy Mackey said...

Oh Carrie - I love this painting of Bella - you've captured such lively eyes!! And I like the post below - Gus. What a cutie pie.

Thank you for such a nice mention of me!

Happy painting.

patrice said...

Another wonderful, wonderful canine painting. Those eyes are amazing.

And the story about Gus and the pipe!!! ha ha ha

You should write your pet memoirs - and of course, illustrate the book.

Carrie Jacobson said...

Judy and Patrice, thanks for the notes! You two are such excellent readers and supporters. I appreciate you both so very much.

Carrie Jacobson said...

Judy and Patrice, thanks for the notes! You two are such excellent readers and supporters. I appreciate you both so very much.