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...
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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.
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