160 Painting with palette knives


Lately I’ve been feeling I need to get more variety of texture in my work. I’ve felt that by loading the brush I get a beautiful yet uniform painting texture. One way to direct the eye is to use a hierarchy of textures. For example getting too much texture in the sky directs and retains the eyes in the sky area—which is not usually what you want. 


Generally speaking it is best to paint most active texture at the focal point of the painting. Between the less active areas and the focal point will be a spectrum of varying texture.

In the following video I demonstrate how to use a variety of palette knives as well as finishing up with a variety of bristle brushes to give the proper hierarchy to the various areas of the painting. The idea is to leave areas for the eye to rest and slowly move across the canvas—as well as more active areaswhere the eye moves swiftly through the composition.

Brad Teare March 2014

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