I’m still experimenting with use of the palette knife to apply paint.  In this most recent study, I combined brushwork with the knife.  Most of the paint was applied with brush, and used the knife for areas I felt were best suited for it, like adding texture in the center of interest, and in some cases using it to apply paint on top of wet areas that would otherwise not take well to a brush (and create mud).

This was done in studio from a reference photo of Pescadero Point, which is on the 17-Mile Drive in Carmel. It’s a really stunning area (here’s an interesting 360 interactive map).

Monterey Cypress, Oil on Linen, 11x15
Monterey Cypress, Oil on Linen, 11x15


3 thoughts on “Monterey Cypress

  1. Ed

    This is a very nice landscape. I love the warm colors in the ground, it really makes a statement. I went to the 360 degree photo and there must be a hundred different locations to paint! Simply beautiful. Question — did you put the trees in and then the sky over that? Very nice Ed.


    • Thanks, Mike. Yes, I always lay the trees in first using dark transparent washes (usually, Alizarin Crimson + Veridian), then lay the sky over that (because white is more opaque and so therefore easier to cover the transparent darks).

  2. Ed,

    This is a WOW painting. Though I do not paint, I think your knife use was very successful, if I recognize correctly in the bright blue among the trees. If the point of plein aire painting is to capture the immediacy and freshness of a moment, and the spontaneous reaction to it, you have certainly accomplished that. It seems to be a painting of an experience, not a photo.

    I love your work; your blog is the first place I go when I am art-surfing. Keep up the good work!

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