the knives come out again…

10 am – Mount Vision

2pm – Chimney Rock Trail

5:30 pm – McClure Beach

Just back from two more days painting at Point Reyes. Same as last  session – 9×12 oil paint on panel, all knife work.

The  thing I like about the palette knife –  every stroke is clean color – no loaded brushes messing up your pigments. I can’t imagine cleaning my brushes between every stroke out in the field – but that’s what you get for free with the knives.  As well – the paint is always completely opaque. Every mark is clearly articulated.

These sessions were either incredibly windy, doused in surf spray, or plagued with flies – so anything that gives you the color you want with less fuss is full of win!

I guess the bottom line is – I like the strokes you get! I try not to get too ‘artistic’ on the blog – but I have to say, I’m mesmerized by the expressive marks!

6 thoughts on “the knives come out again…

  1. Hmm. I’ll have to give that a try. Great way to learn color instead of blending. Forces you to mix everything. Your stuff looks great by the way. Love your colors. I’m going to be in San Francisco this coming week. If you had a minute, I was wondering if you had any suggestions of places to go or things to see art-wise. It’d be nice to see some non-touristy stuff. Keep up the great work!

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