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.


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..


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.


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.


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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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.