Monday, February 4, 2013


In the later part of November Heleni , our workshop instructor, mentor, and friend suggested that we try painting outdoors.  The weather has cooled down and the cold of winter had yet set in.  So a few of us lugged our easels and tables outside to the roofed area at the entrance to our community center. This also corresponded to renovations that were started in the auditorium which forced us out of the main room to a much smaller room or outside...luckily the weather during December was mild and only once did we have to rush inside because of a sudden rain!!!! It was during this time that I did these tree studies...the closest thing for me for plein-air painting. All were done in oils on cloth covered cutting board, or kappa board or massonite. All were done using the palette knife!

Two studies of the HUGE Eucalyptus tree near the parking lot and library. 30 x 40 cm

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One study of the Chinese Flame tree that lines many of our the streets. 34 x 48 cm

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Two of some Palm Date trees and Washingtonia. One 34 x 48 cm and one 30 x 40 cm

Date Tree
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Bonnie said...

I like the palette knife digitally. For me it gives the sense of 3D when the highlights appear. They are beautiful in picture which would make them very fine in front of you. Excellent work Carol. :)

carol edan said...

Thanks... really love knife painting.. haven't really found a good palette knife for Photoshop.

Anonymous said...

Very nice Carol. I love all of them. PS friend Norma Vaughn

Meredith Adler said...

Very nice trees. You are my second friend to post palette knife paintings lately. Makes me think I should try it.

Anonymous said...

קרול יקרה

אני כותבת בעברית כדי לא להסתבך בשפה האנגלית.
ממש ממש אהבתי את הבלוג שלך. את כותבת כל כך נחמד ומרגש והציורים נראים מקסימים.
למרות שמרבית חיי ביליתי ליד האקליפטוס העתיק , בציורים שלך היתה לי הרגשה שאני עפה למקום אחר לגמרי.
לא עץ מוזנח שגדל ליד חניון מוזנח וספריה שמזמן הגיע הזמן לחדש ולשדרג, אבל עץ שעומד במקום אחר.
טוב יותר, יפה יותר, מקום שכיף לבוא אליו ולשבת מתחתיו.

בכלל אני שמחה שיצא לנו להכיר אחרי שכנות של לפחות 40 שנה.
תמשיכי, ואני אשמח להסתכל.


Meredith Adler said...

I just want to add that you are quite good with greens, which are difficult! I see a lot of variation in your greens. (I see your comment window pops up now. Can you reply from your email? This is the test).

Carol Edan said...

Thanks Meridith!!! At last your post is showing.... was getting a little frustrating... not a friendly program/app to set up...but I hope its working now... couldn't reply on the notification but maybe that was because it was imported... this seems like a big learning curve.....

I have been using a split primary palette I mix my own greens... some how I feel I have too many variations .

PS if you don't see comment section you have to click on the link 7 comments under the post