Battery De Russy w. close ups

At first it was kind of scary, then it was fun.

I knew my lines would get all crooked painting with the palette knife. I tried to keep them as straight as I could but when you try to paint on top of lumpy paint from the previous palette knife glaze, you just have to stop worrying about straightness at some point.

It probably doesn’t matter if my perspective is off either. I don’t know if this is some kind of abstract or any kind of realism or what it is if it fits in some style of painting. The palette knife gives it a whole different look than I’d have got with brushes. To me it’s a wavy feel.

I don’t know if this shot is giving you all the grays in the dark. I used warm and cool grays on top of warm grays on top of cool grays. Some of the lower layers show through and the viewer’s naked eye can mix the tints and shades of gray to see a gray that’s alive and moving, not a dead gray.

I considered not painting the railings but then I decided the battery needed them. I knew they would be rough going on top of all those lumpy layers but I kind of got them in. I’m glad I gave it a shot.

This is the grass and path. It was fun glomming the paint on real thick with my palette knife. I mixed the colors of paint on my palette and only mixed them a little on the canvas with the knife and added some texture.

This shows you how out of control my lines got and some texture in the background, that might or might not be a ghost.

12 thoughts on “Battery De Russy w. close ups”

  1. Looks like you’re really having fun with your palette knife paintings. Try playing around with some lighting to give some additional depth – something like a small table lamp will do – be careful though the ghost may jump out at you!

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      1. I find that when hanging pictures lighting is all important – so I tend to use small table lamps and reflective surfaces to ‘light up’ a painting. Moving the lamp around will give subtly different form to the painting. It’s difficult to explain but I found it particularly effective with palette knife work.

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      2. Oh. Ok. I’ll keep that in mind. I didn’t hang this yet. I took the photos outside on my balcony which has indirect North light. I don’t have very good light inside either.

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  2. Hi Chris,

    Looks like you’re having fun with your palette knife. If you have a portable lamp like a small table lamp or camping lamp try lighting it from different angles to give additional depth. Here’s a favourite of mine which is fairly ordinary in daylight but when light from below in the dark it gives it an almost 3D effect …

    Stay safe and well

    Clive

    On Thu, 5 Nov 2020 at 20:03, The Plein Air Experience wrote:

    > chris ludke posted: ” At first it was kind of scary, then it was fun. I > knew my lines would get all crooked painting with the palette knife. I > tried to keep them as straight as I could but when you try to paint on top > of lumpy paint from the previous palette knife gla” >

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