Return of the knife, part ii.

I’m a huge fan of using the palette knife pk108 whether I’m working in oils, acrylics or watercolors. Its very immediate and direct. Paintings take on a life of their own with expressive lively movement that the knife gives.

This time, I happen to be painting in Acrylics.




palette knife mixing greens in acrylics, do it for the process, cobalt teal blue pg50,
Palette Knife Play


A simple playful hour spent slathering on my favorite color, Cobalt Teal blue!   As revealed in the post Palette Knife in Cobalt Teal green  in November.





acrylic landscape palette knife in greens,
Palette Knife Acrylic Landscape II


Tips to Resolve a Painting

Over the last several weeks, I’ve had a chance to let the dust settle.


Assess the overall image for major issues.

Calming the waters and the sky helped focus the painting. It lightened the overall appearance to create an improved tonal value balance.

The #1 problem is usually a tonal value issue: inadequate Light, Mid, Dark tones.  For everyone, myself included.



Keeping my Palette simple and limited was crucial.

Adding that hint of a tree line, a Ridge, that goes along the upper right hand side also helps the design.



Be Judicious.

I really didn’t need to do much.

Just a few fine touch ups to make all the difference between wanting to trash the thing and wanting to keep it.    Persistence does seem to pay off.