Katie Stew

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Palatte knife painting


I’m currently near the end of a palatte knife painting class that I’m taking at Seattle Central with some girlfriends. I have learned a lot and am really enjoying this new technique. With palatte knife painting, you paint with your knife instead of brushes. (sounds obvious) The purpose of this technique is to paint quick, heavily textures pieces. You use lots of paint and spread, dab, or smear it on with the knife.

I tend to not have much patience for my painting, so it is the perfect thing for me. I had a canvas that I painted last fall that I have been unable to make a decision about. I did a very layered, textured, waterfall background and was unsure what should go on top of it. A few weeks ago I finally made a decision. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I think I’m going to call it “Blue Spring”.

This week in my painting class we did a study of fruit. It is my favorite thing that I’ve actually done in class. Check it out.

I took these pictures with my phone, so sorry they’re kinda funky.

Anyways, this class and palatte knife painting in general has given me a new and refreshing point of view for my painting. I have a couple of projects in mind now and am eagerly looking for time to get in and get some stuff done.

Keep an eye out for things to come!


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