Palette knife painting studies

Finally, 2020 is done. Although this year is tough, I am glad that I was able to try new painting methods/subjects. Palette knife painting was one of them. The first piece I tried was “Pathway to lighthouse”.

I put the base color layer by palette knife only. And then I went over another layer with brushes for more details. The base layer gave a lot texture, especially on the rocks.

The second piece I tried was “Hot blue coal”. Again, the base color layer was done by palette knife only.

Texture was more visible on this piece even after I put on another layer for more details and color correction.

I would like to use this tool for covering large area and building up texture on canvas. But is also consumed more paint than brushes. I guessed probably at least 3 times more paint than I usually did. I kept mixing paint and squeezed more paint on my palette. It never felt enough once the knife scraped the paint of the palette. Besides, my arm felt tired quickly when I used palette knife, ha~.

Next I want to try using it on a medium texture canvas. I always purchased ultra smooth canvas. However I am thinking that a medium texture canvas plus palette knife would be good for landscape painting, especially for forest, woods and leaves. I am not the person who can paint leaves one by one in the background. I needed a way to paint the illusion of the woods or trees.

Yes, I am heading into landscape painting…┗( ▔, ▔ )┛

At last, best wishes to all in 2021~ ❤

Thank you.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.

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