Thick juicy paint, mixed with some gel medium and applied with a palette knife, creates luscious texture and colour.As usual,there are lost and found edges that are present when I use other media… watercolour, pastel, ink, silk watercolour and watercolour. But this impasto work beckons the viewer to touch. Texture plus!
I have painted with many media. Yesterday I ran an encaustic art workshop. At Burnie, I demonstrated painting on silk last weekend. I am about to deliver three miniatures painted in oil paint and I have a commissioned acrylic on canvas to be collected this week. Most of my adult students like to learn watercolour. One of the awards I have won is a TasArt one for a work in soft pastel and have also done art in coloured pencil, kiln fired paintings onto glass, scraperboard and more. But the most unusual, and probably the most difficult, is painting with chocolate. The works here are all painted with chocolate. Lovely rich dark chocolate from local chocolate maker Anvers melts so beautifully, but I also use the lighter toned milk chocolate and white chocolate which often needs the addition of a little copha to obtain a suitable paint consistency. This is coloured with powdered dyes for chocolate for the colourful works.
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
I will be taking a workshop this Friday April 20 with a wonderful group of friends at Meander Valley arts in Deloraine. Previously we have enjoyed the broad, vibrant application of paint using palette knives to do flowers. Exciting results. This time, continuing with the use of a palette knife which I like to use to add textural effects and to avoid a fiddly look we will be painting a landscape incorporating buildings. I have enjoyed doing this small sample work in preparation. (Atelier Interactive Acrylics on canvas board).