Palette knife painting

palette knife landscape

Have you ever worked on a project for hours, only to find you didn’t like the end result?  That has happened to me several times with larger paintings.  I found something that was visually pleasing to me with good composition.  I went to paint it and put an enormous effort into this large painting.  Then, when I got my finished product, I was disappointed.  What the hell happened? Why does the reference photo or still life setting look so good, but the painting looked like crap on toast?  Smaller paintings are awesome because even if I don’t like the end result, I only wasted a couple hours.  Yes, I know making mistakes is a learning experience, and with painting the more I practice, the better I get.  The painting process for me is always calming, but the burst of enjoyment I get when seeing my completed painting is what fuels me to paint more.   Small paintings are great to take care of a needed creative fix, but they are also a good pick-me-up if the painting turns out how I imagined.  This landscape is an 8×10 oil painting on canvas that I did with a palette knife.  I like to use a palette knife sometimes because my palette knife paintings are always a different style than painting with brushes. I think this one is going to join the other landscapes that I’ve acquired or painted for my bedroom.  Have a lovely week!

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8 thoughts on “Palette knife painting

  1. Love the texture in your palette knife picture. Don’t give up with the big pictures though. Working on a larger scale can be much more forgiving than fiddly and exacting wee pictures. Painting big allows you to create fine details when finger painting and is wonderful for painting without a brush.

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  2. If you like painting with the palette knife, try taking a narrow kitchen spatula and cut it into an asymmetrical point (cheaper than buying the similar tool they sell on the art supply websites) and move some paint around with that. I call it my magic wand.

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