Day 21. Cutting through the fear (with a knife)

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

“Not Just” 24×24, oil on canvas [creativ_button url=”×24-oil-on-canvas/” icon=”” label=”Buy Now” colour=”red” colour_custom=”” size=”medium” edge=”straight” target=”_self”]

When I do live paintings at weddings I hear a variation of this comment a lot: “Look, Suzanne! She’s painting that whole thing with a butter knife!” 

My favorite palette knife does look a lot like a butter knife, and when I paint with it I can’t be timid no matter how hard I try. It is, by it’s very nature, bold.  I’ve been thinking a lot about fear this month– and painting with a palette knife brings those fears right to the surface. It requires a ton of paint. What if, at the end, three whole tubes of expensive paint later, I’ve not got a painting I can live with? The small brush paintings are lower risk, less an investment. But ones like this accost you for being wasteful and self-indulgent should they fall short. But, my God, that feeling of being extravagant, glutinous even, with the paint. Piling it on as though I have an endless supply. Overindulging. Running saturated red against already formed textures and seeing where it lands. Makes me want to drive the car with the windows down and the AC on. It’s that indulgent. 

I’m not exactly sure how I feel about today’s painting. I’ll need to put some fresh eyes on it tomorrow. But the process of making it? I think it was worth the investment. 


[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][et_pb_sidebar admin_label=”Sidebar” orientation=”left” area=”sidebar-1″ background_layout=”light” remove_border=”off” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Picture of Denise Hopkins

Denise Hopkins

August 21, 2018

Share Post

Leave a Reply


Related Blog Posts

Day 31. If you want to go far…

  “If You Want to go Far” 24×30 inches, oil on canvas I started this month with a bike, and...

View Post
Day 30. Reteach a thing its loveliness.

“The Bud Stands for All Things” 24×24 inches, oil on paper I discovered this poem last week by Galway Kinnell...

View Post
Day 29. Intuition

“Follow Your Intuition” 9×12 inches, oil on paper My art studio is a 300 square foot storage room underneath our...

View Post

Privacy Policy

This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for this website. We are bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Crh), which sets out a number of principles concerning the privacy of individuals using this website.

Collection of your personal information

We collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information from visitors to this Website. Non-Personally Identifiable Information is information that cannot by itself be used to identify a particular person or entity, and may include your IP host address, pages viewed, browser type, Internet browsing and usage habits, advertisements that you click on, Internet Service Provider, domain name, the time/date of your visit to this Website, the referring URL and your computer’s operating system.

Free offers & opt-ins

Participation in providing your email address in return for an offer from this site is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose your information. You may unsubscribe at any time so that you will not receive future emails.

Sharing of your personal information

Your personal information that we collect as a result of you purchasing our products & services, will NOT be shared with any third party, nor will it be used for unsolicited email marketing or spam. We may send you occasional marketing material in relation to our design services. What Information Do We Collect? If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses.