I am so excited that I am able to attend a workshop given by the great Derek Penix. Derek recently won the gold medal for associate signature artists at the prestigious Oil Painters of America national exhibition. His painting style is so loose...so impressionistic. My goal is to loosen up my painting, to get a more painterly feel and texture to my artwork. My painting pictured above was painted with a lot of help from Derek. When I started getting too tight, he picked up my palette knife and scraped my painting, up and down, left and right. Then he had me start layering paint on top of the scraped paint. This really creates a variety of brushstrokes, and interesting texture. He put the final touches on the painting, which really made it pop. So, though I can't take full credit for painting it, I sure learned a lot!
Here is Derek doing his demo, and below, I have a progression of my painting as it took shape.
Any painter wanting to loosen up....I can highly recommend taking a workshop from Derek Penix. He is so generous with sharing his knowledge and insights. Today I learned that it's OK not to be perfect.
Patricia Butler loves to paint. Living and working in Austin, Texas, she is drawn to the beauty around her and the challenge of capturing the essence of the scene before her. She counts herself very blessed to be living in Austin, which is a vibrant, growing city, and, with its multitude of lovely parks and nearby lakes and hill country, it presents endless inspiration. She is a founding member of Plein Air Austin, and enjoys painting with the group any chance she gets.