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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Waiting For A Turn

As I look out my dining room window,
my trees are full of birds waiting for a turn at the feeders.
Even animals have to learn to wait their turn.
There are probably 20 or more birds of different varieties waiting in the branches,
on the railing, and on the porch, waiting for their turn.

Naturally the woodpeckers get first dibs on suet or black oil seeds, but he will give up and let someone else have a turn too.

They are fascinating to watch.

Speaking of fascinating,
I did this painting with a palette knife.
I did the sky, the tree and the snow with a knife,
but I couldn't quite get those birds in there with the knife
so with a few strokes of the brush, 
in they went.

I watched a 4 minute video of Leslie Saeta painting with a palette knife and thought,
well, maybe I can do that.
She said it is the one thing that will loosen up your paintings,
and she was right about that.  
This was a real fun painting to do and probably wouldn't have had the courage to do it, 
except after the 30 in 30 challenge, I feel like I can do anything.
I framed four paintings this morning and painted this.
I can do hard things.

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel.
It's done, but not sure if it's for sale.
It might already have a home.

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  1. Couldn't blame you for wanting to keep this, it's wonderful, and congratulations on the palette knife attempt. Fantastic!

  2. thanks Meredith. It was so fun. I can't wait to go at it again on Monday.

  3. I can't wait to see what you do. I've only ever tried the palette knife using oils. Took SO much paint! Maybe I'll try with acrylics, too. Did you add a medium to make it thicker?

  4. No I didn't use any medium,just my normal paint the way I normally use it,but you're right it does take a lot of paint. but I love the results, so I don't care.

  5. I agree, your painting is so nice, if I had painted it, I wouldn't care how much paint I had used!


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.