Southern Indiana Living

SEP-OCT 2018

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Sept/Oct 2018 • 29 V isitors to this year's "Art on the Parish Green," at St. Paul's in downtown New Albany, were entertained by Jeanne McCutch- eon's spirited demonstration of palette- knife painting. McCutcheon, who lives in Leavenworth in Crawford County, is known for her use of the palette knife as a painting tool. Scraping up thick globs of paint with her knife — dark brown and Naples yel- low — she applies these colors directly to the canvas without mixing them. The paint resembles creamy frosting. When the artist wants to use other colors, she simply wipes the knife clean. One atten- tive spectator — a small girl 6 or 7 years old — was delighted when McCutcheon offered her a knife and invited her to spread some paint. By the end of the day, McCutcheon had completed a 16-by-20-inch painting she named "Cliff Side Rock." She signed it with a brush. McCutcheon has tried several techniques over the years. Her first ex- periment as a child was painting flamin- gos on Kleenex, using brushes given to her father for her by the art teacher at the school where he taught in California. As an adult, she tried both watercolors and acrylics. But around 10 years ago she fell in love with the effects she gets from oil and the palette knife. "I like the texture and the amount of paint I can get with a knife, and it helps me not to get too 'tight' with the images," she said. "I think of my style as impressionistic realism." Nature has engaged McCutcheon her whole life. In recent years, the woods, hills, ponds and rivers of Crawford Coun- ty have captivated her attention. When she talks about these landscapes, one senses her connection to them: "There are so many stunning views here that change not only seasonally, but moment to mo- ment. When sunlight, shadows, reflec- tions and colors resolve together in a cer- tain way, I feel impelled to capture those impressions." She always has her camera with her, ready to snap such moments. But some- times she sets out with her tools to paint en plein air. "There are so many stunning views here that change not only seasonally, but moment to moment. When sunlight, shadows, reflections and colors resolve together in a certain way, I feel impelled to capture those impressions." - Jeanne McCutcheon Pictured: (left hand page) is painting of Dry Run Creek captures a beautiful scene in Southern Indiana in the fall; (this page) A painting of a local Harrison County farm.

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