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Complaint Department:

Color Palette: Lots of blue, a little black, a touch of yellow, and a mass metal f white

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Session 1: Transferred my sketch to the canvas

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Session 2: Laying in the sky

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Session 3: Laying in the base colors for the gulls. Mostly blues thus far.

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Session 7: Continuing with the gulls.

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Session 10: Began blocking in color in the metal box

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Color Palette For My Next Composition

This is a deceptive collection of paints. All the daubs to the left of the BROWN are variants of a single color.

Color preparation represents about an hour’s worth of work.

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One Composition in Two Styles

I will be painting the Point Bolivar Light in oil using Palette Knives on a Canvas Panel and Brushes on a Smooth Hardboard surface

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Palette Knife Composition - First Session

The palette knife lends itself to a fast and fluid lay down of colors and textures. It is a much looser approach than my usual brush work - and is much less strenuous.

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Detail of Second Session

This piece came together so very quickly. Which is the genuine appeal of palette knife work. The whole piece was finished in less than five hours.

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Smooth Brush Composition - Session 1

In comparison to the piece below, the smooth brush/smooth surface technique takes considerably longer. Whereas palette Knife is all about texture, the smooth brush technique relies on a satin like surface with no noticeable texture at all..

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Continued

Once the colors are laid in, they must be blended, and all traces of brush strokes removed. This picture represents 3.5 hours worth of work.

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Aged Metal…

Achieving the look of 180 year old, rusted, cast iron has proven a challenge, but it’s starting to come together now!