Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Baby Loves Me - Palette Knife Artist Judy Mackey

"My Baby Loves Me"
8 x 6 inches, Oil on Board

Out of the blue there's a knock on the door and a vase of flowers are thrust into my hands as they ask if I'm Judy...Flowers for me!!  No occassion, no special reason, no apologies, no birthdays, just because!  I love just because flowers.  A bright mixture of pink roses and carnations and yellow lillies and green mums!  Surely, my baby loves me!!

If you are interested in this or commissioning me to paint something similar, please EMAIL me. (click on the word email).  Visit my website:

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pet Portait Commission for Christmas

I was blessed by having a few commissions this Christmas season.  Since I paint in oils, the dry time is a real concern, in order to get the paintings done in time to put in the mail.  I found a product that really help speed the drying of the oil paints.  My friend and fellow artist Nancy Medina got me started with the Archival Mediums and after some experiementations I am in love with the Smooth Gel Medium which comes in a tube.  I mix a little of this into the whites, yellows and reds which takes forever to dry.  I've notieced the Cerulean is another color that takes long to dry.  Another from the Archival line by Chroma is their Fast Drying White Oil Paint.  It really does dry a lot faster than most white.

Do you have a favortie medium?  Let me know what works for you.

In the spirit of Christmas, here is a sweet Christmas story I received via email, enjoy:

Great Gift Becomes a Classic-----The True story of Rudolph

A man named Bob May, depressed and broken-hearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob's wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?"

Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob. Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember. From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in.

Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.

Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined to make one - a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form.

The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day.

But the story doesn't end there. The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.

In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.

But the story doesn't end there either. Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas."

The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Square Vase of White Flowers

"White Flowers 2"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on board

I'd painted this subject and in these similar colors earlier this year and  it sold.  You might have seen me post it here or on my website.  But the painting caught the eye of a Photographer friend in Massachusetts so I painted him this one for him.  I've painted several like this in different color schemes and probably will paint more.  I love grays; love mixing them and seeing the various colors of gray.

I'll be posting another painting, very similar to this in the near future - it is a bit more abstract.  

If you'd like a painting like this please visit my website at for more paintings and contact information.

Contemporary Palette Knife Artist, Judy Mackey

Friday, November 19, 2010

Painting Pet Portraits

A 5 x 5 inch pet portrait commission.  I love doing these small portraits of animals.  The commissioner for this puppy sent along several photos of her and in everyone there was a reluctance to pose for the camera. 

Last week, a photographer friend asked if I'd help her wrangle a Boston Terrier for a calendar photo shoot.  It's a lot of work to get dogs to sit and pose for the camera!  In this case there were two dogs, which made getting them to both sit still at the same time a challenge. We used little nibbles to entice them to sit and look straight ahead, only they get so interested in the nibbles that as soon as I tried to scoot away from their placement so that I wouldn't be in the shot, the dogs would follow.   My friend did manage to get some really good photos so all ended well but I can understand how hard it is to get good photos of animals.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Solo Sonata - Figurative Palette Knife Oil Painting

"Solo Sonata"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board

I might be having a senior moment; I think I've posted this painting on my blog a while back.  I painted this back in July or so from a idea that someone had given me.  I love the color of the muted green I used.  Well the painting is still available so I've decided to give Ebay a try - I hadn't been selling there in a long while so it's a test run to see how it works out.   A lot of artists had moved away from selling on Ebay because many of the old rules on how to search for something on Ebay had changed.  I think the changes hurt individual Artists because big-time sellers got top visibility on searches when a buyer was just browsing.  I had an Ebay "store" but the fees were getting complicated.

I started posting my artwork on Etsy as a result. 

Well, Ebay has been trying to get people to list on their site by giving several promotions so I've listed this painting at a fairly low start price on Ebay to experiment.  If you are looking for something special as a holiday gift, perhaps an original oil painting?  Check out Ebay - and Happy Bidding!

To check out other paintings or to contact me, visit

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Boxer Pup Oil Painting by Judy Mackey

"Boxer with Pink Ribbon"
5 x 5 inches, Oil on board

This was a commission from a client who wanted to me to paint her friend's Boxer puppy.  The friend had been diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing treatment and so my client asked that instead of painting dog tags to add the breast cancer symbol as a tag. 

Thank you for visiting.  If you'd like to commission a pet portrait please visit and contract me through my website:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

White Towel - Female Figurative Palette Knife Painting

"White Towel"
8 x 8 inches, Oil on Raymar board

I did a series of "white towel" paintings, changing the poses slightly and the colors and sizes.  This is actually the first in the series.    If you are interested in this painting, please contact me though my website.

To see more of my paintings, stop by the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas today, Saturday November 6th for the "Artists of Texas" reception from 1-5. I will be joining many of the other talented artists to answer any questions and talk with you more about our work.

Where Texas Finds Its Color
The Artists of Texas - Second Annual State Show
Artist Reception November 6th, 1:00-5:00 pm
Exhibit runs:  November 2 - December 31, 2010

The Dutch Art Gallery
10233 East Northwest Highway Suite 420
Dallas, Texas 75238

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

White Towel - Figurative Palette Knife Painting

"White Towel 3"
8 x 6 inches, Oil on Gessoed board

This is actually the third in the series of "white towel" painting.  I hope to paint more and I'll be posting the other two paintings shortly.  I have my blog linked onto my facebook page so it sort of shows up double like I've posted twice there since I put a photo of my finished paintings there as well.

This Saturday, November 6, I'll be taking part in the annual group exhibit of the Artists of Texas.  If you're in the DFW area, stop by The Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas  for the reception from 1-5.
Where Texas Finds Its Color
The Artists of Texas - Second Annual State Show
Artist Reception November 6th, 1:00-5:00 pm
November 2 - December 31, 2010

The Dutch Art Gallery
10233 East Northwest Highway Suite 420
Dallas, Texas 75238

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vase in Gray - Palette Knife Painting by Judy Mackey

"Vase in Gray"
12 x 12 x 1.5 inches, Oil on Canvas

Getting ready for a group exhibit.  I haven't decided just yet which paintings to take with me.  This might be one.  For infromation and other works please visit

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Angel with Lyre - Palette Knife Painting by Judy Mackey

"Angel with Lyre"
5 x 5 inches, Oil on Board
Painted with palette knife

Another from my "little angel" paintings.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Angel with Trumpet - A small angel painting

"Angel with Trumpet"
5 x 5 inches, Oil on Board
Available for purchase.

I've tried my hand at another small angel painting.  I have one very favorite knife to paint with but a palette knife painting at this size requries a smaller one.  So I've been using the Langnickle J-3 for these - it still has enough flex and a good sized tip.  Still, these smaller paintings are a little difficult to paint loose and not just make it into a huge blurr.  Had to use a brush here and there to make sure the colors were where I wanted them to be.

Friday, October 15, 2010

With Love - A Floral Bouquet

"With Love"
8 x 6 inches, Oil on Board

A few weeks ago, my doorbell rang and a lady delivery person asked me my name then handed me this lovely bouquet.  Full of pink roses, carnations, stocks, heathers and big yellow lilies.  Oh how I love delivered flowers  for no special occasion but just to be told "I'm thinking of you".  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

House Angel Palette Knife Painting by Judy Mackey

"For Your Home"
5 x 5 inches, Oil on board, palette knife

A Realtor friend had remembered that I'd painted several "house angels" in the past.  I was a Realtor in my past life, actually so house angels seemed an appropriate subject for me.  I had no angels to sell her as they'd all been sold so I painted this little one; the size was her request. 

I usually paint my angels a wee bit bigger than this 5 x 5 inch format - but this request got me thinking.  Maybe this smaller size might be a nice size as Christmas gifts?  What do you think of angel paintings as Christmas gifts? 

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Waiting - A Commissioned Painting by Judy Mackey

"Waiting with Jimmy Choo"
14 x 14 inches, Oil on Board
This was a commissioned piece based on a painting I'd painted months ago titled "Waiting".  The client for this piece requested a particular pair of Jimmy Choo sandals. This was fun to paint! 


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Seashells - Palette Knife Painting by Judy Mackey

6 x 4 inches, Oil on Board

I'd been painting and working on several commissioned paintings lately.  This one, though not a commission I painted from one of many photos my commissioner (don't you like that term?  Nancy Medina, my friend and artist came up with it) had sent me.  I'm not going to post the actual commissioned painting just yet since it is a surprise gift for my commissioner's spouse.

I had a small panel available so I was doing a little practice painting this little painting.  It is now officially Autumn but memories of playing on the beach remain.

Art makes such a wonderful gift.  It's lasting and personal.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Abstract Palette Knife Painting - Titled It Was

"It Was"
12 x 12 x 1.5 Oil on Canvas
I just went to see the movie "Eat, Pray, Love". Have you seen it or read the book. I wished there were more scenes of Italy, India and Bali - but since the movie was about the main character maybe that couldn't all be put into the movie.
I love watching a movie for it's scenes as well as for the story. Like "Under the Tuscan Sun" or "Only You", both movies that takes mostly in Italy. The movies gave the viewers a little bit of the views of the beautiful countrysides.
I wanted to play with colors - not a lot of them but just keep it simple and yet...this painting does have color as it has several layers and the bottom layer peeps through here and there. I titled this "It was" because I hope to do several of these that can be displayed in a group...It could be, It will be, It might be...who knows?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

36 x 24 inches, Oil on Canvas
The problem with not posting regularly is that one gets even more lazy! So I guess I'll be playing catch-up for a while. This drying right now. I'd started this painting a couple of years ago but handing really gotten the colors right but now that time has passed and looking at it with fresh eyes - the colors came to life...I title this unravel because the center motif looks like a knot that is unraveling and here lately my life felt unraveled...
But it's not all is good.
Happy painting!

Monday, August 9, 2010

8 x 8 inches, Oil on Raymar Board, Palette Knife Painting
I've taken quite a long hiatus. I just painted this painting on Friday while painting with my long time Art friend, Nancy Medina at her house. I think this painting seems appropriate to bring me out of my hiatus. I had moved for a short while to live in Northern Atlanta but I've decided to move back to the Dallas Fort Worth area. It's been a wonderful decision and so goo to be back among friends. I do have friends in GA and I've made some new friends but I've lived in TX for nearly a quarter of a century so it feels more like "home" to me.
O.K. now time to roll up my sleeves and get back to painting again!! Or rather, posting, as I have been painting but had let my blogs lag a little so I'll have to do some catching up.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Look What I Found!! - Artists Helping Artists

Leslie Saeta’s blog – Painting is My Passion. ( I can’t remember the very first time I stumbled on Leslie’s blog but I do remember thinking her artwork fantastically incredible and lo! she was a fellow palette knife painter.

Check out her blog.

But there's more!!

Besides her beautiful paintings, if you’re a professional artist wanting to learn more about marketing your artwork, you’ll need to visit her blog and get connected to the blog talk radio she broadcasts on Thursdays called “Artists Helping Artists”. There is a call in number and you can join in the discussion BUT the beauty of this blog talk radio is that if you miss the Thursday session you can listen to what was discussed at a later time. This was nice for me to be able listen while I painted.

You know how sometimes you hear a great idea and you get that “aha!” moment – well, her radio is full of “aha!” moments!!

If you visit her site and stop to leave her a comment, let her know that Judy sent you!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Independence Day Flag on Etsy

Oh I am so excited and honored!! My Independence Day Flag
is featured on two Treasuries on Etsy:

This is "A Glorious 4th of July" Treasury by Stellaknits

And this treasury is "American Independence" by
Thank you!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Independence Day Flag - Judy Mackey

"Independence Day Flag"
5 x 7 inches, Oil on Raymar Canvas Board
Happy Fourth of July!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Angel Painting - A Moment of Quietude - Palette Knife Oil Painting

"A Moment of Quietude"
10 x 10 inches, Oil on Raymar Canvas Board
This red headed angel is in quiet thought. I put a little red off to the side as well - these angel series are a little abstract. Angels are whispy little thoughts perhaps. We don't have to see them clearly, we just need to know they're around.
This painting is available on Etsy.
Thank you for looking.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Angel Painting - A Moment of Contemplation - Palette Knife Oil Painting

"A Moment of Contemplation"
10 x 10 inches, Oil on Raymar Board
Just wanted to share this story: I couldn't help crying about it, Dog save Canine Pal on a Busy Intersection.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Angel Painting - A Moment of Repose - Palette Knife Oil Painting

"A Moment of Repose"
10 x 10 inches, Oil on Raymar Canvas Board
I think even angels need to rest and I think my angel must be napping. Two weeks ago I twisted my ankle and because I'm the way I am, I did not go to see the doctor until two weeks had passed. My ankle was still warm and swollen and hurt like crazy. The doctor xray-ed my ankle and said nothing was broken but recommended I buy a pair of crutches so I that I don't use my ankle at all for 2 weeks to speed heeling. I bought my crutches and on the second day my shoulder was terribly sore. In fact it hurt so bad I couldn't lift my shoulder. My ankle feels a lot better though...
You know that old remedy for a headache? Drop a hammer on your toe - it immediately makes the headache go away since your toe is in so much pain. I think the shoulder pain has made my ankle feel better.
At any rate - a part of my angel series. This particular "pose" was suggested by a collector who asked if I'd do a sleeping angel as a gift for her mother's caretaker. A sleeping angel is a great gift for a caretaker or therapist or doctors - for who takes care of our ills when our angels are napping and not looking over us?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Boxer Mix Dog, Taz, Art for Shelter Animals

10 x 10 inches, Oil on Canvas, palette knife
Taz is looking for a loving home! This is my entry and donation for the Port Jervez Humane Society Art Exhibit. I've posted info below or you can read about it at the Art for Shelter Animals (ASAP) blog for more info.
Good luck, Taz - I sure hope you will find a loving furever home!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Angel Painting - A Moment of Serenity - Palette Knife Oil Painting

"A Moment of Serenity"
8 x 6 inches, Oil on Raymar Canvas Board
Available on Etsy
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." -- Reinhold Niebuhr

Monday, June 14, 2010

Look What I Found!!

Look at this neat gadget.

I found this on Karen Rike's Blog called the "Carol Marine Panel Holder".

When I saw this a few months ago, I knew I had to have one!

I usually paint my small panels like the Ampersand Gesso boards or the Raymar Panels flat on the table with a sheet of paper or wax paper under it so that I don't paint the table.

This fantastic panel holder uses "friction" to hold a 5x5, 6x6 and 6x8 panel firmly giving you the ability to clamp onto an easel which I have done for this photo or paint on flat on the table. When I paint on panels I get so much paint on my fingers as I try to move around edges - keeping the panels on this holder allows you to pick you your painting and move it around, carry your painting, set it aside to dry all without having to touch the painted edges.

What a simple and ingenious invention! It's available for purchase from Karen's site.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

White Flowers on Gray - Palette Knife Oil Painting Judy Mackey

"White Flowers on Gray"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Gray
I've been hobbling around the past few days after I missed the last step on the stairs and landed on my ankle. I've been laying around with my foot propped up, iced and not wanting to do much of anything. I still have my ankle wrapped but I'm feeling a bit better now and the pain is not so sharp.
This is a painting from a couple of weeks ago, another of my plain abstracted flowers series. I like the monotone of these as much as the colorful ones I'd done.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Calling All Artist Who Love Animals and Art for Shelter Animals

Art for Shelter Animals painter and blogger Carrie Jacobson wrote to me about a couple of opportunities for painters who love animals. These are fine chances to expand the Art for Shelter Animals Project (, too!

Carrie writes:

Painters who are involved in ASAP make paintings of animals in their local shelter, or with a local rescue group, and then donate the art to the shelter or rescue group. The shelter or rescue group can do whatever it wants with the art: sell it, use it as an inducement to adoption, reproduce it on mugs or t-shirts, use it to decorate the office, whatever. When the artist finishes the work, she sends an image to me and I post it, with a story about the artist, and a link to his or her site, on the blog.

Both of these opportunities are intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society in NY state. Susan lives nearby and volunteers there; Carrie used to live there, too. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help. Here's the website: . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to Carrie ( for posting on the ASAP blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, to be used as the shelter desires.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

The Wallkill River School has kindly agreed to accept the pieces. Susan will pick them up at the school. If you're out of the area, please mail them to her at the school:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

White Flowers on Green - Palette Knife Painting

"White Flowers on Green"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board
I've listed a number of my paintings to sell on Etsy lately. I had been using Ebay as a marketplace but noticed a lot of artists moving to Etsy. What are your feelings about one or either or both as a place to market your artwork? I'd love to hear your opinions - pro/con.
I've entered the Alex Perez Fine Art Gallery Summer Exhibition Contest - voting starts today and will be open until June 21. I believe you can only vote once but you can vote on several of your favorite artworks. There are 45 artists in the exhibit. I really would appreciate it if you'd vote for my painting, "Sunday Brunch" #22.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Palette Knife Painting of the U.S. Flag - Happy Memorial Day

"Memorial Day Flag"
5 x 7 inches, Oil on Raymar Board
Available for purchase

I painted this flag because it is Memorial Day weekend. One of my favorite artists Robert Moore had painted a flag and I really liked it so I thought I'd give it a try. Though on a small scale, I'm pleased with the result and I'd like to try more like this.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Palette Knife Daily Oil Painting of a Woman - Dream A Little

"Dream a Little"

6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board


"Many things - such as loving, going to sleep or behaving unaffectedly -- are done worst when we try the hardest to do them."......C.S. Lewis
I painted this little painting as part of my "sleeping"/female/bed linens series.

For some of us it's a three day weekend. I hope you will be able to catch up on your sleep a little...

Have a wonderful weekend and remember our Military guys and gals!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hobie Cat Sailboat Oil Painting

8 x 8 inches Oil on Raymar Canvas Board
"I can't change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" --- Jimmy Dean
I used to go out sailing with my husband on our Hobie 21 with pink sails. There were times when the winds would die and we'd wait for what seemed forever for some little bit of a breeze to fill our sails. In times like this we'd push the main sail to one side and the jib sail to the other...
For more information visit or email me at
This painting is available for purchase.
$100.00 + $8.00 for domestic (U.S.) shipping

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Palette Knife Daily Oil Painting of a Woman - Coffee In Bed

"Coffee In Bed"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Palette
Available for purchase
What do you Savor?
In our busy run-around-like-a-chicken-with-it's-head-cutoff days, do you take time to enjoy something? Anything? Like birds chirping outside your window? Watching a puffy cloud move along the blue skies? Catching your favorite song on the radio as you start up the engine of your car?
Well yesterday I was driving along a major road when I noticed a little traffic congestion. As I pulled up I saw what was happening. A family of geese were crossing the road on foot. Cars on four lanes of the major roadway were all stopped to let the geese cross. No one got impatient. There were 6 or 7 adult geese, a number of young adolescents and 4 or 5 baby geese. The babies would not have been able to fly. It was interesting to watch a couple of the adults up front, a couple along the sides with the "teenagers" and a couple adults bringing up the rear. The babies did not walk in a straight line, but the adults kept them moving across the road.
It made me smile.
I was glad to have witnessed that procession. I savored the moment.
Have a wonderfully painty day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New YouTube Video - Silhouette

I had so much fun making the first YouTube video that I asked my friend Hiroshi Takatani to help me by writing me an original melody to go with it. He wrote this hauntingly beautiful tune and called it "Silhouette" which sounds perfect for the groupings of paintings I used in this video.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Palette Knife Daily Oil Painting of a Woman - Lazy Morning

"Lazy Morning"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board
$60.00 + $8.00 Shipping
Email if interested
Sunday mornings, lazy in bed, no alarm clocks.....I hope your Sunday was wonderful ;->
Happy Painting!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Palette Knife Oil Painting - "Stella" - Pet Portrait by Judy Mackey


10 x 10 inches, Oil on Linen Canvas Board


I was inspired to paint a dog portrait using the palette knife by seeing Carrie Jacobson's dog paintings. Carrie posts on the Palette Knife Painters Blog and the Art for the Animals Blog.
If you have a moment, please check out the latest post on the Art for the Animals Blog and read the beautiful story about Mozart. I'll warn you, though - have a tissue nearby...
Up until now, I'd done all my pet portraits with the brush and on a smaller scale. This particular painting is from a previous one I'd done with a brush and I use this image on some of my business cards. It's a palette knife painting of my own dog an English Pointer mix, Stella so it's not for sale but I'd be very happy to paint your special pet. And if you are a rescue organization and would like me to paint a pet for your shelter or under your care please contact me! Email me at

Friday, May 21, 2010

Palette Knives....

10x10 inches, Oil on Linen Cavas Board

I like painting with the palette knife...I was reading Monica Burnett's blog this morning thinking, yeah, me too, I like painting with the palette knife.

Have you ever noticed that when you buy a new car and you drive around with the buzzy feeling of "oh! I've got a new car" happy feeling - then suddenly you see a similar or same car or same color car. Then you see another, and then another, and yet another and then you feel like you're surrounded by them???

I've been noticing that about palette knife painters....maybe I hadn't noticed before but there are a good number of us! And that's why I started the blog, "Palette Knife Painters" and we're growing.

By the way, you've got to read Monica's blog about how Coulton Waugh, a palette knife artist, names his palette knives...what a funny thought - to name your knives. Do you name your knives? Or brushes? Let me know if you do!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Daily Palette Knife Oil Painting by Judy Mackey - Red Sandals

"Red Sandals"
6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board
Available for purchase
"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up" - Chinese Proverb

Oh, dear, dear - my blog disappeared. I posted yesterday but wasn't paying attention perhaps when I walked away from my computer. So, this morning when I sat at the computer the blog post was not on the blog...hmmmm -

Operator error perhaps. So here it is again. Reposted.

This is the third of the gray paintings. I liked doing these so much that I painted a couple of more in a similar style and will be posting those in the next upcoming posts, as soon as they are a little drier and I can handle them enough to take photos of them.

Happy painting!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday Brunch

"Sunday Brunch"
8 x 8 inches, Oil on Linen Canvas Panel
Palette Knife
Available for purchase on my website
I had the gray palette mixed and like any good frugal painter gal I didn't want it to go to waste so I decided since I was on a roll, to paint another female figurative painting with the same color scheme. This one was actually the third and final one. A little naughty...I know, I know...a little provocative, a little sleepy, forget the big fat Sunday about a little Sunday Brunch, instead...
I entered this painting into the Alex Perez Contemporary Gallery Summer 2010 painting exhibition. If you like this painting be sure to visit his site between June 1 and June 21 and vote for my painting to win....please.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gray Day - Palette Knife Oil Painting, Female figurative

6 x 6 inches, Oil on Board
I like mixing paints to make grays. I actually like it. My favorite mixture is burnt sienna, cerulean and titanium white - which I've used for the background color. The dress was french ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and titanium white.
I had a good painting evening yesterday, listening to my mp3 player playing soundtrack music from the movie "Notting Hill". I especially like the song "She". (I have been thinking to use that as a title one of these days.) Anyways, it was a productive evening and I painted 3 female figuratives which I will be posting here in the coming days. All of them use the grays I mentioned.
It was a gray day.
Please keep checking back to see the others.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Palette Knife Oil Painting - Judy Mackey - Summer Vacation

"Summer Vacation"

8 x 6 inches, Oil on Raymar Board

This just felt summery. The photo is a little washed out, my bad.

I thought the year had only just started and it's already the middle of May. It's already time to think about where to go for Summer vacation or what to do for a staycation...Either way - why not a red halter top red dress for Summer?

"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon, to me those have been the most beautiful words in the English language" -- Henry James

Monday, May 10, 2010

Palette Knife Painting Figurative, Judy Mackey "Swirl"

8 x 8 inches, Oil on Linen Panel
Available for Purchase - click HERE.
A study for a larger painting - I liked how the purples looked in this painting.
Last month I did a Spring Cleaning and sold many of my paintings on Ebay; it was a success and allowed me to really make space for new paintings and new inspirations. Some part of me is worried that I don't have inventory and another part of me is feeling free.
This past few days, as part of my "cleaning" I was looking at some of my pieces that I wasn't quite happy with. I have painted over a few of them and touched up and added things on others. I feel like the process was definitely worth it! I am re-liking some of my older paintings!
It really feels good to take the cobwebs that were cluttering my creative spirit!
The painting above is available for purchase on my website, or email me (my address is at the right).

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Palette Knife Painting of a Sunflower

"No Looking Back"
8 x 6, Oil on Raymar Canvas board
Palette Knife work
Thought the title good for the backside of a flower.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Geraniums on a Ledge - Palette Knife Painting

"Geraniums on a Ledge"
8 x 10 inches, Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
I am excited!! Crazy happy, can't stop smiling, feeling on top of the world. A couple of days ago Katherine who writes "Making a Mark" Blog mentioned the new group blog I started "Palette Knife Painters".
We have a wonderful group of palette knife painters contributing to it. I love opening the daily email updates I received from Feedburner to which I'm subscribed even though it's my own blog. Each artist is so talented, I look at the new paintings and I'm immediately inspired and ready to squeeze some fresh paint on the palette and do another painting.
You might notice the little widget on this blog for StatCounter. It lets me know how many visits I have to the blogs. I'm please to say that the stats for visitors to the palette knife painters blog has been really good fright from the beginning.
The painting above is a new one and is available for purchase by clicking HERE or on my website

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Painting of Tubes of Winton Oil Paints

"Just the Basic"
8 x 8 inches, Oil on Linen Canvas Board
$80.00/no shipping and handling if shipped to an address in the U.S. or Canada.
Click HERE to purchase.
I hadn't painted in a while so I was looking around my painting inspirations when I saw my tubes of paint...primary colors...basic tubes of colors and that became my inspiration! This painting was painted with just the three colors depicted in the painting plus Titanium White. Cad Red, Ultramarine Blue and Cad Yellow Light.
Visit my website for information and to purchase.

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Tribute to Tony

"Tribute to Tony"
8 x 8 inches, Oil on Linen Canvas Board
You've probably heard me mention Tony Saladino who's critique classes I used to go to. This abstract reminded me of him as I played with the colors. The photo might not quite have captured the Ultramarine blue and Cerulean I used in this. My friend told me the two circles seemed like peaches and I guess they do.
I've had a lot of visitors to my two new sites Daily Painters of Georgia and Palette Knife Painters and many have come from my, this, blog. I appreciate your visits and taking a look around. If you are an artist and are either a Georgia Artist or a Palette Knife Artist please join us on the blogs.
The above painting is available for $80.00 - shipping if free if in the U.S.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Two New Blogs

I've been busy lately, though it's no excuse for not posting regularly on this blog, I know...

I've started two new group blogs.

One is the Daily Painters of Georgia and the other Palette Knife Painters.

Is it because I used the palette knife to paint with that I notice more and more palette knife artists? I wanted to bring together a group of palette knife artists to share and showcase our art.

I'm looking for ar tists who either live in Georgia and blog regularly (this blog does have the requirement that the artist must live in Georgia) or a palette knife artist, (this one is for worldwide) to join me in my blog groups. Send me an email with a link to your website or blog if you're interested.

If you're reading this blog but don't live in Georgia and don't use the palette knife - I have a favor to ask you: visit my sites and let me know what you think. I'd appreciate it if you'd become a "follower", leave me a comment, suggestion, advice, your two cents and if you'd share my link with fellow artists.

Thank you - happy paintings, Judy

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Summer of '42 - Oil Painting of a Beach

"Summer of '42 Revisited"
16 x 20 inches, Oil on Gallery wrapped Canvas
A commission for a friend. I took the photo for this painting when the sky was overcast and still there is a glare on the bottom right side of the photo...Although the colors are lavender in that area it shows a lot lighter.