PaletteKnifeArt

Paintings in Oil by San Francisco Bay Artist Lisa Elley

Santa Clara, California · 843 Sales

PaletteKnifeArt

Paintings in Oil by San Francisco Bay Artist Lisa Elley

Santa Clara, California 843 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Paintings in Oil by San Francisco Bay Palette Knife Artist Lisa Elley. Gallery Quality Fine Art, direct from an award winning artist, at affordable prices! I'm a top artist on Ugallery and Vango. My palette knife paintings include; San Francisco and California Landscapes, abstract, portraits, people, cities, trees, buildings, beaches, nature, flowers, mountains, animals and more, with thick texture, bright modern colors and incredible impact. Free shipping included on all second prints.

I am a gallery represented, award winning artist, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I paint in oil every day, almost exclusively with palette and painting knives, which gives my art distinct texture, and a beautiful sense of movement. New Zealand born and bred, I have spent the majority of my adult life living in the USA. I draw on my heritage, my soul, and my love for the diversity of the USA landscape for my paintings. Occasionally I throw in a quaint shop front in Provence, or a villa in Tuscany, because I have traveled there, and I love Europe. Either way painting consumes me! Thank you for joining me on my journey. I can be found in my studio in the amazing San Francisco Bay Area.Cheers, Lisa

Please visit my website http://www.lisaelley.com for more information about me, as well as my complete portfolio, shows and feedback. You can also purchase directly through my website.

As I am a gallery represented artist, you may find some of my paintings priced higher than others. I do this to respect my gallery representation, and this is indicated in my individual listings.

My Facebook page is here http://www.facebook.com/paintersknife

and here is my Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/paintersknife

and I am on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr under the handle of @lisaelley

Please convo me with any questions, I love to hear from my collectors!

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 5, 2017

Paintings in Oil by San Francisco Bay Palette Knife Artist Lisa Elley. Gallery Quality Fine Art, direct from an award winning artist, at affordable prices! I'm a top artist on Ugallery and Vango. My palette knife paintings include; San Francisco and California Landscapes, abstract, portraits, people, cities, trees, buildings, beaches, nature, flowers, mountains, animals and more, with thick texture, bright modern colors and incredible impact. Free shipping included on all second prints.

I am a gallery represented, award winning artist, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I paint in oil every day, almost exclusively with palette and painting knives, which gives my art distinct texture, and a beautiful sense of movement. New Zealand born and bred, I have spent the majority of my adult life living in the USA. I draw on my heritage, my soul, and my love for the diversity of the USA landscape for my paintings. Occasionally I throw in a quaint shop front in Provence, or a villa in Tuscany, because I have traveled there, and I love Europe. Either way painting consumes me! Thank you for joining me on my journey. I can be found in my studio in the amazing San Francisco Bay Area.Cheers, Lisa

Please visit my website http://www.lisaelley.com for more information about me, as well as my complete portfolio, shows and feedback. You can also purchase directly through my website.

As I am a gallery represented artist, you may find some of my paintings priced higher than others. I do this to respect my gallery representation, and this is indicated in my individual listings.

My Facebook page is here http://www.facebook.com/paintersknife

and here is my Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/paintersknife

and I am on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr under the handle of @lisaelley

Please convo me with any questions, I love to hear from my collectors!

Lisa Elley

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Palette Knife Art; Original Oil Paintings by Award Winning San Francisco Bay Artist Lisa Elley

My story starts on a little farm in New Zealand, surrounded by rolling green hills, a menagerie of animals, and countless hours of sketching. As the youngest of four, and living on one modest income, toys were minimal, and my Mom was masterful at scratching out a living, growing our food, and making our clothing, which instilled a wonderful ingenuity in me.

Due to a deep love of travel, and a passion for experiencing new things, I have lived in London and New York, met my husband (who is South African) in Thailand in 1999 and after 15 years living in Florida, we are now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is alive with artistic inspiration.

My passion for palette knife painting is greatly influenced by my surroundings. One of the most wonderful things about being an artist is the visual perspective it gives you on everyday things. I can often be spotted hanging out my car window at the lights trying to capture a photo of a random scattering of wildflowers that grow so prolifically here in California, despite the drought. When I go for an evening walk I'm often looking up at the dappled light filtering through the tree canopy, contemplating how to capture the form with my knives. I like to people watch, wishing they would stay still, so I can sketch them. I'm that person grovelling on the ground with my camera, as I'm a big fan of flowers in the foreground of my paintings. Although I love to paint 'Plein Air', the reality of busy modern life lends more towards being alert to paintable moments, photographing them, and painting them later in the studio, when my two girls are at school, and I can focus.

So Thanks for looking at my shop, please feel free to ask me any questions. I paint many smaller painting as I am a 'daily painter'. This is due to the fact that I just have to paint daily, it's in my DNA, as well the time consuming nature of having kids, and the fact that canvasses are expensive. Most of my paintings can be scaled larger, so if you see a painting that you would like a different size, please convo me to discuss options.

Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to my world of color!

Cheers, Lisa

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  • Lisa Elley

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    All my paintings are oil on canvas, using mainly palette knives, with thick application, bold strokes, painterly detail and rich colors. The palette knife gives my art a unique combination of contrast, fluidity, depth, texture and impact. Enjoy!

  • Grant Bell

    Shipper

    Meet Grant, my talented logistics manager. Grant is Creative Director of Focus Product Design here in Silicon Valley. He is responsible for the meticulous packing of my larger paintings, and also has an amazing eye for perspective and detail!

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Last updated on November 18, 2016
Welcome to my Shop!
I am an established professional artist, and am excited for you to join me my on my journey to discover a little beauty in our world!
Please visit my website for my complete bio and feedback.

www.lisaelley.com

and please email me at info [!at] lisaelley.com with any questions.

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--- My General Policies & Purchasing Info---

*I use quality (usually Utrecht name brand) oil paints, and archival quality, 100% cotton canvasses.
* All four sides are painted, for a modern look. Paintings are signed on the front and signed on the back. I also use cotton canvas panels, this will be stated under 'materials' on individual listings.
*Certificate of Authenticity is included.
*Paintings ship unframed, stretched on wooden stretcher bars, unless otherwise indicated.
*I use USPS and Fedex Ground domestically, and USPS Internationally.
*Collector is responsible for import/customs fees in country of residence, these are typically minimal on fine art.
*Please make sure your Paypal and Etsy Shipping addresses are up to date. I am not responsible for reshipping fees, or redirection fees by carriers.
*International Shipping is Via USPS First Class. From the USA to most countries this takes 2 to 4 weeks. If you would like to be upgraded to Priority International, which takes 6 to 10 days, or Priority Express 3 days with tracking, please ask me prior to purchase. Any painting/shipment with dimensions at or over 16 x 20" and over 4lbs has to ship Priority International, as it exceeds the size/weight limit. Tracking is only ever available to the point of customs in your country, other than the waybill number, there is no way to track your package once it is in your country, and past customs. Also, Priority International and Priority Express are considerably more expensive than regular post. Time for international shipments also depends on customs in country of entry.
*Some countries such as Australia have strict limtations on the size of packages and I can no longer ship large paintings via this method. I am always amenable to sending paintings unstretched, off the wooden bars.
*I sell directly through my website www.lisaelley.com and offer free shipping within the contiguous USA.
*I also sell on Ugallery, Vango, Artfinder and Saatchi art, if you wish to purchase via those websites, please feel free.
*I retain the right to digital and print reproduction.
*Packaging: Your painting will be meticulously packed with paper, bubble wrap, packing paper, in a shipping grade box, or a cardboard envelope or tube for larger fine art prints.

------- Commission, Custom & Made to Order Painting Policies -------

I regularly do commission and made to order paintings in a variety of sizes, and varied subject matter. Please see my 'commission' shop section for specific listings.

Please note: I am a gallery represented professional artist, and I don't do "Painting on approval". My prices in my etsy shop are greatly reduced, and I also usually cover overages in shipping costs. In order to offer you the lowest prices here on etsy, I cannot compromise on this, as I would be out of business.

To summarize, please be sure that you like my style prior to proceeding with a commission painting.

Due to the specific nature of commission paintings, all sales are final in my commission listings.

After purchasing your Commission, Made to order Painting I will have it completed within three business days for a three panel or smaller painting, and five business days for a five panel painting. All paintings come signed on the front and back, with a certificate of authenticity, and ready to hang. Your painting will take at least a week to dry prior to shipping, as I paint in oil.

My Made to Order paintings are variations of the original listing. It is impossible to recreate every stroke exactly with a palette knife, which adds to the uniqueness and authenticity of each piece. If I make minor changes, it is to my discretion as a professional artist. Your painting will not be exactly like the original, but a close variation.

---------A note about discounts-------------

Maybe you have heard that you can ask for a discount on etsy. Please keep in mind that I am a professional artist, with my paintings selling for many hundreds of dollars more in retail galleries. If I issue discounts on paintings, I will be out of business, so please respect my already low pricing and be assured that I am offering my work at the lowest amount possible to sustain doing this as a living.

-------- A note about paintings sizes and scale----------

Most of the paintings in my etsy shop are smaller studies for larger paintings. This means that most of the paintings that you see can be scaled larger. If you see a painting that is too small for your desired space, convo me, as I can probably paint it larger!

-------- A note about copyright----------------------

I use my own photos for my paintings. If I use someone else's photo, and I do occasionally, I have permission to do so. I have some wonderful instagram friends who allow me to use particularly San Francisco images. I also use paid and free stock photography websites for inspiration.

--------Refunds, Returns & Damaged Packages--------

In the event that you would like to return your item, you must contact me within 7 days to arrange the transaction. Painting or print must be shipped back to me in excellent condition in original packaging via USPS priority mail, or FedEX which is tracked and insured.
I will then issue a refund. Shipping costs are not refundable, as it usually costs me more than the listed shipping price to ship an item. Commission, custom and made-to-order paintings are not returnable.
If your item arrives damaged, it is important that you KEEP THE PACKAGING, and TAKE A PHOTO. USPS will not allow a claim or issue a refund without digital, and physical evidence of the damaged packaging. This means you must keep the box, send me a photo via convo, and retain the box for possible further inspection by the USPS.
Shipping
Shipping in the domestic USA is via USPS Priority 2-3 days, which includes tracking and insurance. Larger paintings will ship via Fedex or UPS Ground, also including tracking and insurance.

I ship within 1 business day. Larger paintings will require an extra day or so, due to the need for a custom box.

International Shipping is Via USPS First Class. From the USA to most countries this takes 10 days to 4 weeks. If you would like to be upgraded to Priority International, which takes 6 to 10 days, or Priority Express 3 days with tracking, please ask me prior to purchase, or write a note at checkout. Any painting/shipment with dimensions at or over 16 x 20" and over 4lbs has to ship Priority International, as it exceeds the USPS limit. Tracking is available to the point of customs in your country, with the waybill number. Priority International and Priority Express are considerably more expensive than regular post. Collector is responsible for customs duties and fees in their own country. These are typically none or minimal on original art. Time for international shipments also depends on customs in country of entry, and this can vary greatly. Some countries, such as the UK can take very much longer than others.

Your painting will be meticulously packed with paper, cardboard, bubble wrap and supports in a shipping grade box. It will arrive stretched (which means ready to hang, back stapled with wooden stretcher support bars) with a wire across the back, ready to hang on a hook. A certificate of authenticity will be included. I do recycle shipping materials, rest assured your painting will be packed and shipped very professionally.

Gift wrapping is available, as well as a note for your recipient. Just message me at checkout when you place your order!
Refunds and Exchanges
I will refund your money less shipping if you return your item to me within 7 days of purchase. Purchaser is responsible for return shipping costs. Once your item has been received and inventoried by my studio, you will be reimbursed. If your item arrives damaged, please save the packaging, take photos, and contact me immediately. Thank you!

Please note that commission, custom and made to order paintings are not refundable.
Additional policies and FAQs
FAQ'S

Why do you paint with a palette knife?

Great question! Why make it harder?! Well, 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. Also spreading oil paint with a palette knife has an amazing feel, think of how good it feels to spread buttery frosting on a cake, not unlike that!


Do you paint from a photograph, or live?

Both! I can often be found scrambling on the ground in a popular tourist spot (plenty of them here in San Francisco), capturing the best photo to paint from. I have two young kids, who don't stay still nicely for six hours under the Golden Gate Bridge whilst I paint it, therefore I often take photos and paint in my studio.


Would you paint something for me?

Yes! I welcome commissions, and custom orders. Just convo me and attach an image of what you have in mind. No pressure, just a discussion. Commission prices are similar to my regular painting prices.


How long does a commission or custom order take?

It depends on how soon you need it! Usually up to a week, then a week or so to dry, then I can ship it.


How would you describe your style?

My style is loose and fast, with a combination of painterly detail and obvious, larger palette and painting knife strokes, swipes and scrapes. This gives my paintings a blended yet sharp effect, and the thick impasto texture, which is a byproduct of using a palette knife, gives an amazing sense of movement, as it reflects the light more than a regular brush painting.


What drives you to create your art?

My knives have a hold on me, I actually have very little to do with it! I spend virtually every waking moment either painting, thinking about what I am going to paint next, visualizing the ambiance of my next painting, what direction to take with my marketing, what supplies I am running low on, and so on. But when I pick up a painting knife, it all disappears, I feel calm, less turbulent inside my own head, and at peace. It really is cathartic for me. I work very quickly, and my gratification comes from a whirlwind relationship with me, and my knives. I love to finish a painting in one session, and actually sometimes I have to, as my palette knife technique is wet on wet. The amazing feeling of spreading buttery paint on a canvas is addictive.


How does painting make you feel and what do you wish to impart to others through it?

Painting makes me feel worthwhile, gives me an immediate inner thrill, immense feelings of joy, touches my aspiring heart and makes me want to become a better person.
Because art is so subjective, and my subject matter is quite varied, I strive to give people a feeling of being absorbed by, and drawn into the painting by a tangible sense of light; whether it’s dappled afternoon sunlight peeking through tree leaves, the stark shadows of an ancient European building, or the harsh reflection of the sun off a snowy mountaintop. I also strive for a noticeable sense of movement in my paintings, especially my birch tree landscapes. After the initial explosion of color, dazzling cadmium reds, yellows and oranges, combined with luscious cerulean and French ultramarine blues, you will then notice leaves falling, and being blown around, helping to draw you in and feel like you just have to be in that birch forest, experiencing the smell, sounds, and visual beauty of our amazing planet.


What has been your biggest growth as an artist and person throughout your career?

As an artist, I am constantly evolving. My technique keeps improving (I think), due to a lot of practice, mistakes, visions, research, and constant pondering. I am still quite early in my career. In just over two years I have gone from novice to a professional, working artist with gallery representation. One of the best things that being a professional artist has allowed me to do, is to make a living out of something I love to do all day. This is an incredibly liberating feeling, along with the joy of touching people emotionally with my art, and has made me a better person in respect of this revelation. I have two young daughters who I am consequently trying to teach to follow their dreams, find their passion, and go for it!