Manly Rock Wall, Moody

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Key Takeaways: 

  • I started with a thin wash of transparent brown oxide to kill the white surface. This provides me with a more balanced surface to paint on and makes it easier to judge the colors.
  • A key purpose of this painting was to explore the use of palette knives to capture a subtle subject. The bold, crisp strokes of a palette knife typically work best for bold, high-contrast subjects (like my Sierra Nevada painting). But these bold strokes can work against you when painting more subtle subjects like this seascape.
  • I needed to wield the palette knives with a touch of finesse, as you would a brush, with careful attention given to the subtle relationships and nuances.
  • I needed to make the colors of the sky and sea melt into each other, like one of Claude Monet's water lily paintings. This wasn't an easy thing to do with a palette knife. I needed to constantly rework what I had on the canvas until it looked right.
  • The palette knife was naturally suited for one thing in particular: the glassy water. The smooth finish of a palette knife stroke is perfect for this. Unlike brush strokes that have tiny bristle indents.

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Dan Scott, Manly Rock Wall, Moody, 2021
Dan Scott, Manly Rock Wall, Moody, 2021

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Manly Rock Wall, Reference Photo (700W)
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