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Glowing Bluffs

I’m still painting exclusively with a palette knife, learning the technique of managing control of the paint.  I’m also getting paintings ready for the pre-exhibition of the San Luis Obispo Plein Air event.  This reference photo is a favorite–I can’t wait to paint this spot plein air, it’s at Avila Beach in SLO County.  It has many of the subjects I like to paint in a seascape: ice plant, white bluffs, interesting shadow colors (the warm reflected light in the bluff shadow was a blast to paint).

Glowing Bluffs, Oil on Linen, 11x14
Glowing Bluffs, Oil on Linen, 11x14

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More painting knife studies

Still painting with a knife, and really enjoying the process (unlike poor Cristy Anspach, who wrote a very funny comment on a previous post about painting with a knife).  Laura Reilly and Bill Guffy also chimed in with their comments and positive experiences.

This is keeping me loose, keeping colors clean, and just a physical challenge. Imagine holding a paint brush for the first time, learning how to maneuver it.  Same with a knife–although, according to John Ebersberger, my knifes are soft enough.  Apparently, his are as soft and flexible as a brush.  He said I need to file mine down.

This first study was from a reference photo of Casa Cosmos, our favorite vacation home getaway in Mexico (see here for other paintings: Casa Cosmos Sunset 3, Sunset Calm, Sunset 2)

Cosa Cosmos Beach, Oil on Linen, 6x8
Cosa Cosmos Beach, Oil on Linen, 6x8"

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I named this painting “Truckee River”…I think that’s right, although it may be Blackwood Canyon, another favorite spot of mine in Lake Tahoe.  I’m really happy with this one, so it could end become a larger studio work, although I’m not sure how large a painting I can do with a knife.

Truckee River Warmth, Oil on Linen, 8x6
Truckee River Warmth, Oil on Linen, 8x6"

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If you paint with a knife, and would like to share your work, enter a comment and share with me and my readers.  Cheers!