Palette Knife painting (workshop… buildings in landscape)


I do so enjoy my times at Meander Valley Arts and am so pleased they asked me to do another workshop on acrylic painting with a palette knife. This  time landscape with buildings following on from the earlier one on flowers. Working with the palette knife is very challenging so some approached it with a bit more flexibility and used brush/sponge/hands/finger tips to blend a little more subtly or add variety in mark making in places. One lady used only brushes which was fine by me. The idea of being out of one’s comfort zone to meet challenges and re-invigorate your work is fine as long as one is not so far out of the comfort zone that it creates undue stress.

Why then use a palette knife? For me it is because of the textures and the vitality and liveliness of the resultant artwork. A bit of unpredictability much like with wet watercolour techniques or encaustic art. This all makes for exciting picture making rather than the primary concern being for a polished finish. PAINTING WITH PALETTE KNIFE

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Finger Painting for Adults


Why let the kids have all the fun. This is a great way to loosen up with your art… for ALL levels of artists, ALL ages. It really shows if you can be free or find that hard and try to control. Also teaches about the different effects for example when varying the amount or thickness of paint, the degree of mixing, colour mixing on the artwork rather than on the palette, changes with change of viscosity of paint as it dries and a sensitivity to the physical pressure when applying the paint. Try it!!!! Can you resist the temptation to overmix and overblend…. and do you have an over-riding need to draw a subject?

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Palette knife flowers


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What a wonderful day I had today. Friends from Meander Valley Arts came to my home studio for a workshop on painting flowers using painting knives. The results were exciting and full of energy.