I’ve never really got the hang of using palette knifes alone to finish up a painting. I’ve done some snowy mountains, or minor details in paintings in addition to using brushes, but the use has always been limited. Nonetheless, I decided that today would be a nice day to make an attempt at a wholly based palette knife painting.
I’ve seen some really cool paintings online with different garden motives, painting in barky trees, different colors of grass and maybe some people in the center.
I decided I wanted to make something in that manner, and basically started out with a loose plan to work out something similar.
I started by picking out a small palette knife, which i basically used 90 percent of the time painting this painting.
First I smeared on some different blends of sap green and titanium white to make out a bushy background.
I then used mixes of titanium white, cadmium yellow, pyrrole red and yellow ochre for different colors to add to the grass.
Here I simply filled the knife with a paint blend, and kind of dragged it downward onto the canvas. Making one area of color before moving on to the next.
I also wanted to add a big tree to the scenery. For that purpose, I used an elongated knife. Filling one edge of it with some different mixes of raw umber, ivory black, titanium white and yellow ochre, and dragged it sideways onto the canvas with some short movements.
Well, that was my loosely based plan fulfilled, but there was clearly something missing on the canvas. I therefore decided to add some people into the mix, placing them somewhere in the grass. I went with the motive of a mother and daughter.
I started with the dresses, using some red pyrrole and titanium white for the grown up, and some ycadmium yellow and titanium white for the kid. Again, kind of smearing on the paint with a small knife.
For the skin color I used titanium white, with a small amount of yellow ochre and some raw umber, finishing them up with some clean raw umber to make out the hair.
You may notice that none of them has a face.. That’s because I struggled terribly with putting them on, and basically just let it stand clean after an hour of fruitless labour. So, to sum up, the people could have looked better, but I’m satisfied with the tree and the grass is not to shabby either.
This is how it looked: