Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sailor's Delight

 Sailor's Delight
6" x 8"  oil on panel


How often we look to the skies to predict the weather and it often seems a much better predictor than the meteorologist reports that we are bombarded with daily.

This was a demo from a recent workshop for an introduction to palette knife painting.  The colour mixing and shapes are simplified and the sky forgiving in terms of shapes, making it a perfect subject for individuals testing the technique for the first time.

There are few colours that fit the need straight out of the tube.  They nearly always need a boost from another colour to adjust value or create the correct hue.  The use complementary colours and addition of colours that are unorthodox but the right value, add interest to the work.  Try throwing in a streak of a complementary colour, just a little, to give more oomph, you'll be amazing how it makes a painting sit up and demand viewer attention.

2 comments:

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

this is so bright :D

I need to get the giant canvas' out this summer and use a palette knife on them, should have the time to make a mess on the path with any paint that goes flying :p

Jeanette Jobson said...

Oooh you should, its great fun. And I don't make a big mess when I'm painting, except for getting some on my hands - and always on my clothes. But I'm getting better at avoiding that!