Pallet Knife Pete by Steven Novak


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Wow, I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel pulling this thing out of mothballs! This little bitty was painted quite some time ago (I’m not sure exactly how long but I think Bill Clinton was still in office) It is the result of a lot of extra oil paint laying around, no brushes, no life, and a splitting headache.

It’s also quite good at giving people headaches…go figure.


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  • Care
    Carealmost 6 years ago

    wow…what a painting to pull outa the bottom of the barrel….glad u did…’s great!!! : )

  • Thanks Care! I appreciate it. Glad to know someone thinks it’s anything other than terrible. ;) Really more of an experiment than anything. Not exactly my usual fare.

    – Steven Novak

  • Gili Orr
    Gili Orralmost 6 years ago

    Is this homage to “Birds” or to “The planet of the apes”? lol. Quite different stuff… interesting and quite unique.

  • Maybe “The birds” meets “Planet of the Apes?” Ohhh man that would be a cool movie. ;) Thanks!

    – Steven Novak

    BLYTHARTalmost 6 years ago

    It looks like a reflection in a pool … great work.

  • Thanks Dave. I like to refer to this as my “spazz” period. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • Lee Kerr
    Lee Kerralmost 6 years ago

    i like the angle; you can see right up his nose

  • Yep…just another example of my obsession with snot. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62almost 6 years ago

    Ooo…this is freakin cool Steven, very different to your usual stuff…but I really like it! headache and all ; ) Wen xox

  • Ya, it it is quite a bit different. Really the one and only time I ever even bothered to do anything like this. Maybe I should try again? Naw. ;)

    – Steven Novak

    CATNIPMEOWalmost 6 years ago

    love the textures and the abstractiveness……..ha ha is that a word ?
    Anyway very cool !

  • If it’s not a word we can pretend it is just so you don’t feel stupid. ;) Thanks!

    – Steven Novak

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisalmost 6 years ago

    I like it a lot wild and crazy splashes of color everywhere-awesome abstract painting.

  • Thanks Renate!

    – Steven Novak

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaveralmost 6 years ago

    Very painterly!

  • “Painterly” is not a term often used to describe my work. Feels good to be “painterly” for once. ;)

    – Steven Novak

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaalmost 6 years ago

    I think it’s amazing and yeah, you really can feel the pain and intensity in this. I agree that it would be awesome to see you use this technique again

  • Steven Novak
    Steven Novakalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks yet again Tahnja! Glad you like this one. Surprised, but glad. ;)

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