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The Knives Come out Again

October 25, 2009

10 am – View from Mount Vision

2pm – View at Chimney Rock Trail

5:30 pm – McClure Beach

Just back from two more days painting at Point Reyes. Same as last  session – 9×12 oil paint on panel, all knife work.

The  thing I like about the palette knife –  every stroke is clean color. No loaded brushes messing up your pigments. I can’t imagine cleaning my brushes between every stroke out in the field. You’d need solvent, and you’d end up making bags of waste paper towel.  None of that is a problem with knives.

These sessions were either incredibly windy, doused in surf spray, or plagued with flies – so anything that gives you the color you want with less fuss is full of win.

I guess the bottom line is – I love the texture you get. I try not to get too artsy here on the blog – but I have to say, I’m mesmerized by the expressive marks! It’s like begin back in art school.

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