Acrylic with Palette Knife, 8x10"
"You can't hurry art..." Like this one--this one took two days of my spare time to complete. I've actually painted from this photo before, with brushes, oil paints, and the help of a teacher. Yesterday, I was staring at the GOBS of leftover paint I had on the palette from doing the quilt painting. I recognized that the palette was perfect for this reference photo! Of course, I couldn't find the earlier version of the painting until today, so I didn't have the benefit of what I had learned the first time until round two, today.
This kitchen belongs to one of my blog readers. Extra points to you if you figure out it's yours! Don't worry, though, if you don't figure it out. I just got my artistic license, and I used a lot of it with this painting...
I missed a few days of the 30 in 30. I wasn't feeling well, and needed downtime with my family. But don't feel bad for me--I'm not mad at myself or anything. In fact, yesterday I bought myself some presents as rewards for what I have accomplished so far. I am now the proud owner of a new ArtByte from DPW and two out-of-print art books from Amazon. I respond well to rewards! I'm so encouraged, I'm going to continue to paint--maybe I'll deserve even more...
This is the most ambitious palette knife painting I have completed. Here is what I have learned so far about Acrylic Palette Knife painting:
1) Use medium! I am still experimenting to determine my favorite medium--what I do know for sure is that medium adds body to the paint, which makes the paint behave better for palette knife painting. As a bonus, the medium really stretches the paint!
2) The paint stays wet a long time. I have to learn to use wet-on-wet techniques, for at least part of what I am doing. I am used to wet-on-dry!
3) And when the paint does dry, those palette knife ridges can sometimes get in the way of what I need to do next! I don't mind any of the ridges once the painting is complete--the ridges are just a function of having used a knife. But the ridges can be tough to work with when I still want to do some overpainting.
4) Sometimes I want to use a brush in the middle of the palette knife painting. So I do. And that's ok. Except when it's not. And then I can fix it.
5) I have a lot to learn about Acrylic Palette Knife Painting, but am so excited to practice and learn.
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