Experimenting with Spatulas

For my birthday last year I had received a number of “spatulas” to apply paint, instead of my usual hog hair brushes.  I was inspired by a Melbourne artist to try some different tools.

Some of these new tools were from the artist range Princeton Catalyst … very fancy! They have a large variety of durable and imaginative tools; alternatives to the traditional paint brush. Others were from ‘borrowed’ from my kitchen and others sourced from local cooking stores.

The following 2 photos are painted straight onto canvas board, with no under painting or drawing, the subject being Red Capped Gum, Eucalyptus Erythrocorys.

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Red Capped Gum, oil on canvas board, Elisabeth Howlett, December 2014

Being limited for space on our most recent beach holiday I didn’t want to bring all of my oil painting gear. Instead, I included some small canvas boards, charcoals, oil pastels and some acrylics.  What I had in mind was to do drawing and acrylic underpainting for an oil painting to complete on my return home. Instead, I ended up having a lot of fun with the oil pastels by painting , i.e., straight onto canvas board, alla prima, with no drawing either. Not a traditional approach but hey, I was on holidays, and it was fun.

 

IMG_8989Red Capped Gum, Oil Pastel on canvas board, Elisabeth Howlett, 2015

When I returned home from the beach I continued experimenting with using spatulas to apply oil paint. One feature of the Red Capped Gum is the leaves splay in unexpected directions.

IMG_1862_2Red Capped Gum, Oil on Canvas, Elisabeth Howlett, 2015

I am planning to continue experimenting with different tools in upcoming paintings.

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