Hill House Arts Retreat Spencer IN

fun in sun set-up
fun in sun, 12 x 16 inches, oil on panel

Had the pleasure of visiting Hill House Arts Retreat in Spencer Indiana this past weekend. Got a bit of plein air painting in. Enjoyed talking with the local artisans. There is talent everywhere I visit across this great country of ours. Read an article on the front page of the Spencer Evening World.

The painting shown her was developed on location using only painting a painting knife. I am exploring a concept in painting I have named “Optic Sensationalism”. Please see other articles I have written on this topic. Simply stated “Optic Sensationalism” takes into account how we truly see optically, then balancing in our emotions or sensations about it. Included is a strong emphasis on design and gestural paint.

Here is a quick overview of my new book Painting Knife Explained.

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1    Introduction

2    Why the painting knife?

3    Grace

4    Getting Organized

5    Supplies

6    Paints

7    Mark Making

8    The Painting Knife

9    Painting Knife Strokes & Marks Defined

10   Wet into wet painting

11   What do I paint?

12   Getting the feel of paint on your knife

13   Cutting

14   You Can Do This

15   The Edge

16   Pear Exercise – Getting into the paint

17   Textures and Direction in Paint

18   Reminiscent

19     Epilogue

Hill House Arts Retreat, Spencer Indiana