Playing with a palette knife and watercolor

I am so fortunate to live in a part of the world where the outside is pleasant and physical distancing doesn’t restrict painting, even with a friend 6 ft away.

On one of my early morning walks the rising sun (well risen to be honest) caused the prickly pear to glow against the dark background of vegetation

View looking east from Desert Bell Road, green a Valley, AZ

I love working with the palette knife but my early ventures have been less than satisfying. Today was the first time I felt as though I was working with the knife, paper and watercolor. It’s early days, but the glimmer of confidence has been nurtured. This was my second attempt at capturing the scene. I consciously tried to move away from literal realism.

Chedda, felt pretty comfortable with these prickles too😉

This was the first warm up effort
Reference photo
Second reference photo

Author: Marilyn

I'm an artist working primarily in wood. My work has taken a story-telling path over the past two years.