Palettescapes!

Over the last two days, I took the plunge and experimented with a new medium and technique...palette painting with water-based oils. It was wonderful and eye-opening and refreshing to try something as fun as frosting birthday cakes for my children. The workshop was presented at the Palos Verdes Art Center by the incredibly talented artist and innovative marketer, Leslie Saeta. You can see her work at www.saetastudio.com. Somehow I completely lost myself in the pure joy of mixing paint...fun with color! However, before you think I am in danger of abandoning my mother medium of pastel, never fear! I know the palette techniques I learned can be applied to my pastel paintings, because the concepts and strokes are strangely similar. And pastel still has a distinct advantage over oil--it doesn't dry before you are finished! In fact, it never dries, allowing me to rework paintings anytime they need it. (This is actually fortunate for my family, who frowned at the thought I might store my unfinished oil paintings in the refrigerator.) Thank you, Leslie, for a wonderful adventure.  I'm hooked, and will definitely take a palette break every once in awhile!

My first palette knife painting using one of Leslie's reference photos of her holiday still-life set-ups.

My first palette knife painting using one of Leslie's reference photos of her holiday still-life set-ups.

My second palette study using Leslie Saeta's boat photo as reference.

My second palette study using Leslie Saeta's boat photo as reference.