Painting a landscape using Palette knife with some color theory notes
Painting with palette knife and notes on color theory
- No mess, No fuss
- Mixing with palette knife is quick
- Easy to keep colors clean
- You can have many color variations
- Fun to paint
- Palette knife makes abstract strokes easy
- Mark making
- Good for environment
- Solvent-free studio
There are many different ways a painting can be constructed using only the palette knife and paints. Some examples of my work are below.
|Spring in the mountains, 6" X 6", Oil|
This is a small painting, but a variety of colors exist. The colors are clean. Here the palette knife was used to apply paint in small areas. By varying the colors in each area a beautiful picture has emerged.
Large acrylic painting with palette knife
In this expressionist abstract paintings, I have used the quick-drying qualities of acrylic paint to scrape paint over already dried areas. The long vertical and horizontal marks are made with the edge of a large palette knife.
Rowboat on Essex pier, 12" X 9", Oil
This painting was completed on location in just two hours. By using the palette knife, I was able to quickly apply paint without wasting time cleaning brushes.
|Abstract floral bouquet in blue vase, 12" X 12", Oil|
I often carve out the foregorund shapes by using thick white paint towards the end of the painting. Then I go back to this white paint to make marks for steps and leaves.
|A rainy day, 10" X 10", Oil|
I have scraped the paint in parts of the road. The telephone poles have been carved out using a fine pointed end of a small paintbrush. I have applied dabs of pure colors here and there to make the painting come alive.