Learning how to paint with a palette knife – Day 155

Today I drove to Oshawa for a workshop on how to paint with a palette knife. It was taught by Sandy Mackenzie Goguen in her home studio and it was so much fun! There were three of us and we learned how to use the palette knife to create different effects. We used acrylic paint on board and worked on two paintings based on photographs we had brought.

It took a while for me to get the hang of it. It’s a lot different than using a brush and I found it a little awkward. Once I got the ‘flicking’ motion though it was much easier. I was also worrying about detail too much…..once I decided to just let go and not think, it just hummed along.

I finished one painting and made good progress on a second one. I will definitely be doing more of this!

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10 thoughts on “Learning how to paint with a palette knife – Day 155

  1. yz art gallery

    Looks beautiful, Brenda! And in such short period of time! Did you find any demo on pallet knife techniques? A always like when you share ‘educational’ stuff.

    1. bstonehouse

      I haven’t looked for any tutorials yet but I will since I want to try to do flowers and I’m not sure where to start. Stay tuned!

  2. Wendy Chambers

    It looks just great Brenda – you are so talented – hope JM knows what he has got.

  3. Mollie Pearce McKibbon

    I’ve been experimenting with palette knife and I enjoy it but, I can see that classes would be a big help. Thanking you with sharing your experience, Brenda. The resulting painting is well worth it.

    1. bstonehouse

      I certainly enjoyed it. I liked that the class was small and it wasn’t really formal instruction as much as Sandy just helping us as we worked through our paintings. I hope you’re able to find something!

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