Saturday, October 3, 2009

Palette Knife Thread to the Rescue


Vertical Violet Sky 14x11 Oil on canvas by DJ

Life happens, and when it does, I go through myriad moods in reaction to stress. I'm sure you all have your act together, and don't experience any life stressors. :-)
As you know so well, in an online group, we call a conversation a "thread". I feel I'm having psychological conversations with my paintings these days, so I'm tempted to call them "threads" in lieu of "series."
I have three painting "threads" that I'm working on right now. The palette knife landscape conversation gives me the most relief from stress, so I've posted the next one in that particular thread above.
No matter what life hands me, when I get back into the studio, my equlibrium returns and joy enters the heart. I remember why I was made, and that I should share that joy with my beloved students and the few blog readers I have, hold, & cherish.
Yes, that would be you, my friend.
Love & Laughter,
DJ

19 comments:

Matt DeFore said...

There is a certain texture you create with your painting I've seen. I love it when an artist has their own look (signature). You mentioned a studio. What is your set up?

Rachmeal said...

I feel your joy!

DJ said...

Matt, I have a small room that was inexpertly built onto my very old house as a kind of sunroom. It is surrounded by paned windows, so I enjoy the light and access to nature, even if it's not a polished modern space...
Come to think of it, a good paint job would help a lot, so you could tackle it when you finish your kitchen! Brilliant. (Bring your wife & kids; we can go shopping while you & my husband paint.)

DJ said...

Rachmeal- Thanks for commenting. Your work is powerful, so if you have any reaction to mine, I'm honored. Trying to get others to experience similar emotions is an artist's life work, is it not?

ArtPropelled said...

"equlibrium returns and joy enters the heart" .... so true. Often I forget and when I settle down to some art I want to kick myself ...I know this is what returns my sanity why don't I use it as destressor more often. Your palette knife landscape makes my fingers itch to try it.

Paintings by Patricia said...

I really like the limited color palette of this landscape. So true, I love being in my studio.

DJ said...

Robyn, I understand your sentiment of regretting not getting back to creating more often as a de-stressor. Sometimes, LIFE gets in the way of us meeting our personal needs, and we forget to free ourselves from the burdens of multiple responsibilities.

Patricia, I've been enjoying purples and browns together lately. I may post some progression pieces of this thread together to show how I got to this point in the conversation. Thanks for looking, and enjoy that studio time. :-)

artbyjune said...

Love this piece, DJ.

DJ said...

Thanks, June. Your latest painting of watercolored lizards are so whimsical and fun to view!~

wetoilpaint said...

DJ, this painting has great energy!

Linda Burroughs Seagroves said...

Hi DJ , very nice work !!! Amazing what you can do with a palette knife !
Thank you for visiting my page . It is nice to see the work of another SC artists for me also. Keep making the world a better place thru your ART.

DJ said...

Wet Oil, Thanks for taking a look. Hope to get to your blog soon...

Linda, Your clay pieces are amazing, and I wish you lots of success at the show on Saturday!~

Wendy said...

Love the way you describe your painting "threads" Yeah....I think you are right about having conversations with our work> It's interesting how you've discovered that certain themes leave you feeling a certain way, emotionally. I'm going to become more aware of that now!

Anonymous said...

sorry to hear about your stress, DJ. I liked the song you posted in Lotus's blog last w/e, we're so lucky to have art in our lives to work through the blocks we come across...

mystele said...

dj, love this post. i concur! and, i wanted to thank you for encouraging me with your visits to my blog!

lesly said...

DJ ... I really like this piece. It is so full of life and vigor. I am finding stress to be a real negative influence on my art at the moment and am trying to find ways to lessen it. Not easy to do but will get there eventually. Keep on painting - your work is an inspiration. xx

Say It In Color said...

Hi Girl!....Thank you so much for your comments....they sure help lift me up....I love the palette knife violet sky...Is that a gorgeous rushing river or ocean below the sky? Love it! And love that you call this your "thread"...a beautiful thought... I am off to see my grandkid and get out of this cave of a studio....never thought I would feel that way...but this project has taken it's "happy" toll...and I MUST get out in the sunshine! Wish we could truly visit someday....my home is open anytime....I'm taking Mystele's on line class and I think you would love her class, we are all behind but we don't care, we just keep trodding along and boosting each other up....she is doing another one in Feb or Jan....Love you in Jesus...hang in there....sherry

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Patrice said...

Hi DJ. Did you know you are one of the sweetest and most gracious persons in blogland? ... and probably in the world...

Thank you for you wonderful and uplifting comments!

I know you stay busy at CCS, but blog here more often too!! These paintings are all wonderful, and I guess I'll have to get over to CCS to see more of what you are up to.

Blessings, and peace...