Tag Archives: Palette Knives

Bigger Brushes, Bigger Canvases

Here’s something you can try, if you ever get stuck in a painting rut, assuming you have the space and can afford to do it.  It can free up your brush strokes, allowing them to be made more flamboyantly, force … Continue reading

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Texture

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of works by Monet or Van Gogh is the texture of their paintings.  You can see the brush strokes, the palette knife marks and the velocity of every painterly gesture, etched permanently … Continue reading

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Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel

I have solved a small problem and was so pleased with the solution that I thought I would share it, in case anybody else is struggling with it. I use a lot of Heavy Structure Gel in my paintings.  I … Continue reading

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New Painting Ideas I Learned on Vacation

You can make a brush out of a plastic shopping bag and some duct tape. You can paint convincing trees with a plastic shopping bag brush, a palette knife and some spray paint pooled onto a magazine page. Magazine pages … Continue reading

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Knowing What You’re Doing

I remember reading a quote from Paul Cézanne’s widow who said (and I may not have this verbatim), “the thing you have to remember about Cézanne’s painting is that he didn’t know what he was doing”.  How many of us … Continue reading

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How To Keep Your Colours Clean and Pristine

If you’re like me and you rely on using bright, luminescent colours in your paintings, one of the things that can work against you is when your colours inadvertently mix.  We’ve all accidentally mixed mud – that indistinct, dull, brownish … Continue reading

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How To Overcome the Fear of the Blank Canvas

When I say canvas, I mean “page”, if you write, “source code file”, if you programme, “blank recording medium”, if you are a musician, or “spatial void”, if you sculpt.  You get the gist.  How do you overcome that fear … Continue reading

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