This painting, like all my paintings, is a Fine Arts Oil Painting Scientific Experiment. What happens if I do this, what happens if I do that. So I enjoy experimenting and learning. I hate being predictable or running the same play or routine countless times on a painting. This would make me insane. Remember the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Well, I steer far away from that.
The painting shown her was developed on location using only painting a painting knife. I am exploring a concept in painting I have named “Optic Sensationalism”. Please see other articles I have written on this topic. Simply stated “Optic Sensationalism” takes into account how we truly see optically, then balancing in our emotions or sensations about it. Included is a strong emphasis on design and gestural paint.
Here is a quick overview of my new book Painting Knife Explained.
I am so excited about this. Many of you have been asking me to write this book. Here it is. Painting Knife Explained, with many useful step-by-step demonstrations, painting examples, benefits, plus exercises to develop knife agility. It explains the basics to mature concepts to artfully painting with this tool. It will help bring your painting to the next level.
As a painter, adjunct professor, art lover and author I feel I have opened the sacred seal on the hidden benefits and creative factors of the painting knife.
Benefits of the Painting Knife
The painting knife amplifies my method of painting.
It helps me keep things simple and uncomplicated
Perfect for Wet-on-Wet, or Direct Painting where I frost a layer of wet paint on top of previously applied wet paint.
The color I mix and apply to my panel does not get muddled
Expressive dimensional character of paint
Sharp edges and very thin lines are a snap to paint
One knife can replace a handful of brushes
Easy clean up with the wipe of a paper towel
Will outlast a brush
Works well for plein air or studio painting
Figurative, portrait, landscape or still life
I started painting with the painting knife when I was 16 years old. I enjoyed it very much. During high school I won the Hallmark award in a regional competition for painting. Then after I painted with the brush for a few decades till I rediscovered the significance of the painting knife. Funny, the perception is that if you are going to paint use a brush.