Welcome to the Art
June 4 - Loveta Strickland - Oil & Palette Knife
Well known Waco artist and teacher Loveta Strickland has lived almost
her entire life in Central Texas. Although her mother and siblings took art seriously, Loverta only began
when her youngest son was taking lessons and
convinced her to join him. Over the last 35 years, she
has developed her art into a career of painting and teaching. This
spring, she won Best of Show at an exhibit at the Fredericksburg
Art Gallery. She currently teaches at MCC, with new classes
you might want to check out this summer. A few examples of her art
shown here. To see others, visit her web site at
On June 4th, Loveta will paint a garden scene for us
using oils and palette knives. How are palette knives
brushes? Come and find out. Usual time,
2-4 p.m., 1:30 for refreshments and conversation,
at the Waco Charter School, 615 N. 25th Street. Free for first time
visitors, so bring a few. Also,bring some recent works to share
with the group during the break.
June 4 - Loveta
Strickland - Palette Knife with Oils
demonstrated how she creates impressionistic landscapes using a palette
knife with oils. She began by drawing outlines of shapes using the
colors she planned to use in those shapes, which allowed her to work out
what the finished color
would be before committing a great deal of time and paint. She then
began filling in areas, starting with the sky, for which she uses
ultramarine blue mixed with white, and working her way down from there.
Bringing the tree color over the blue sky takes a steady hand. The trees
are given airiness by dotting some sky color on them.
mixing of color is done on the canvas while she works. Dark is laid down
first and the lighter colors are laid on top. Paint is put straight onto
the canvas without gesso. Loveta prefers to use blunt edged
pallet knives, which are becoming more difficult to find. You may want
to look for them on-line. Make sure to use the flat of the palette
knife, not the point or edge. She also uses her finger to smear paint on
the edges of the canvas. Most of the color that she uses comes straight
from the tube. She later calms down the vibrant color by adding cool
colors on top.
uses lots of paint, which is expensive, but worth it. She uses modeling
paste with acrylics. ZEC paste can be used with oils, but it is
expensive and dries so
fast that blending is difficult. She blends with a push-pull motion of
the knife, drawing two areas of color into one another. To make a
statement in some areas of your painting, add lighter color with a
brush. If you have an area that you aren't happy with, scrape off color
using your pallet knife and redo it.
completed most of the painting during the time available. Working
rapidly gives a more impressionistic look. It takes a week or more for
surface to dry to the touch, longer to dry thoroughly. When it is fully
dry, she applies liquin glaze for a uniform but moderate gloss. Loveta
brought several completed paintings and photos of many others. She also
suggested a trip to the Pearce Western Art Museum at Navarro College in
Corsicana. She recommended carefully study of the brushwork there.
thanks to Loveta for an informative and interesting demonstration of her
skillful style. Thanks are also due to Pat Blackwell, Bobbee Watts,
Gloria Meadows, and Saundra Vasek for providing refreshments and to
those who brought works for show and tell, samples of which are below.