California MelodyLisa Elley
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Signed on front and back
12 " h x 12 " w x 1 " d |0 lbs. 7 oz.
We often take a drive on the weekends out of the San Francisco Bay, to Monterey Bay. As my husband plays with the kids, I capture these moments with my palette knives, where the wildflowers bloom serendipitously. The luminous golds of the beaches and cliffs, Pacific aquamarine blues, and wildflowers make a beautiful coastal color palette.
This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. The work comes ready to hang.
Santa Clara, California
Working almost exclusively with a palette knife, Lisa Elley maneuvers her artistic blade with an uncanny fluidity. Why paint only with the knife? She says, "when I paint with a brush, which I do occasionally, I tend to focus on the detail. With a palette knife I can't focus on the detail too much, so my paintings are looser, and more gestural, with bigger sweeps and strokes." This technique is called wet-on-wet. And it seems to be quite popular, as she has been bestowed the title "Knife Queen" by her facebook fans. Fun fact: Lisa's high school art teacher told her to study harder at math, as a career in art was "impossible."
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Lisa, I purchased 'Birch Intentions'. What a beautiful piece! I love the texture of the birch trees that you've captured. Thank you so much!- K Burke
This painting is exactly what I expected. It will be enjoyed for years to come. Just beautiful!!!!- M Sobko