Posts Tagged ‘palette knife’



May 17, 2013
Flowers 413; Oil on Canvas Panel 6" x 8"

Flowers 413; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

I finished a larger painting and it was still mid-afternoon. Decided to work a small painting before the day was done. Rummaged through some photos and came across this idea. Toned the canvas with some acrylic paint. After the acrylic paint dried,  I switched to oils and applied a quick block in with mid-tone colors. Finished it by using a palette knife to smear some color in strategic spots.


Open Hearth Pond

December 29, 2011


Open Hearth Pond, Oil on Canvas 14" x 11"

After playing (and I do mean playing) with a couple small studies, I decided to revise the design further and take it to a slightly larger size. I find a great benefit to playing with a design or technique. Each time I work it, I expand or improve upon something which I learned during the previous struggle. Each struggle, or moment of difficulty (or even frustration), once worked through, allows me to have learned something new (about myself, my subject, the medium, etc.). I carry that new found knowledge onto the next painting and beyond. This is why, when someone asks, “How long did it take you to do that paintin’.” I can say, “All of my life!”. A lot of people hate that response, but it’s true.


Pond at Open Hearth – Studies

December 23, 2011

Open Hearth Pond 1, Oil on Gessoed Paper 8" x 6"

A couple posts earlier, I mentioned the purging of unsuitable paintings. Taking completed paintings which are considered inferior and will never see the light outside of the studio. I  apply gesso (an acrylic primer)  so that I can reuse the canvas (my Dutch blood coming through).

In the process of returning these gessoed canvases back into inventory, I realized that my floor space is getting overrun by blank canvases. Time to reorganize the studio. My youngest, home from college, was recruited to assist me. We went to Lowe’s to purchase some shelves. After returning home, we moved a couple pieces of furniture around and removed one piece from the studio. Within a couple hours of mayhem we had the shelves assembled, in place and stocked with canvases. The shift of furniture and canvases opened up floor space in the studio and gives a more spacious environment. Getting set for the new year.

The shelves seem to be too full of blank canvases. With some luck and time management, I plan to spend a lot of time painting over the next couple months. Some competitions are coming up, I need to ensure plenty of good works for Woodwalk Gallery and Spring Art Scene will be here before I know it (mid-April). Hopefully, I won’t be returning too many canvases back to the shelves.

Incidentally, the paintings shown on this post were created utilizing a palette knife.

Open Hearth Pond 2, Oil on Gessoed Paper 8" x 6"


Farm Study and Barn Study

December 21, 2011

Farm Study, Oil on Gessoed Paper 6" x 8"

I realized that it was time to start coming up with an idea for this years Christmas cards. Although I had a couple of paintings available which would work, I decided to see if I could come up with a few additional options.

After shuffling through several loads of reference photos and creating numerous thumbnail sketches, I settled on these two designs. As I began to sketch each one onto some gessoed paper (remains from my watercolor classes), I  idea came to mind. I decided to try something really different for me and work the paint only using palette knives.

It definitely gives a different, juicy and impressionistic look to these subjects. It was challenging, at times difficult – but it was fun. Additional design possibilities came springing to mind. More to come.

Barn Study, Oil on Gessoed Paper 6" x 8"


Barn Sketch

August 30, 2011

Barn Sketch, Oil on Gessoed Paper 8" x 6"

Worked with a pen sketch made during the Fields Project. An old out building at a farm. I intended to just work this as a value painting and got carried away. Hey! It was fun.

I started with a basic block in with brush. Although I could have stopped at that time, I decided to finish off the painting by using a palette knife to give the feel of paint chips. Then the sky and tree.