I wanted to merely practice my palette knife technique without having to focus on all the elements that go into making a painting, so I decided to paint this quilt pattern, as a musician would practice scales. I thought it would be simple and I would probably knock out a couple of these tonight. Ha!! The maniacal laughter you're hearing is me, contemplating how much work it was to even get the drawing onto the paper, let alone to make sure the colors were in the right place, not to even mention using the knife to get the paint into all the little spaces. This is probably a good time to note I have a truly renewed admiration for quilters!
I started at the upper right, and you may be able to see that I was quite focused in the first few upper right squares to get the paint on smoothly. After several squares, I wanted to hang it up. But I stuck it out, soon realizing that the nature of palette knife is that things are not going to be perfect and that's why we use the knife. So, slap on some more paint and get on to the next shape!
Remind me next time I create an exercise to practice the looseness of palette knife technique, I should be painting rainbows or something else where I can make sweeping motions with the knife!
I want to remind all the artist bloggers out there that the important thing about this month's challenge is NOT to end up with 30 paintings. The important things are to learn more about your working methods, your materials, your preferences, and your sources of inspiration. We don't want anyone finishing this challenge being burned out on painting. Please be kind to yourselves and give yourselves a break when doing so would be wise.