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Causey Pike

Post by JJWilliamson » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:37 pm

At some point in all of my paintings I've used the artist's palette knife, but this is the first time I've used the knife exclusively. My wife bought me some canvas boards for Christmas, which was very thoughtful of her, but they were a bit coarse, too rough for delicate brush work. So, here is my first palette knife painting for your perusal. I used the small trowel shaped knife all the way through. Trickier than you might imagine.
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Re: Causey Pike

Post by Macavity » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:17 pm

I think you've achieved some sharp defintion on the hills JJ. The light/shade works well on those hills too.

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Post by JJWilliamson » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:53 pm

Thanks for the comments, mac

I was beginning to think this must be seriously lacking. :)

It's an exercise in light and shade so I'm pleased you mentioned that aspect of the painting.
I quite like the loose effect that knife work forces upon the artist. Detail gives way to impressionism.

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Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:17 pm
I think you've achieved some sharp definition on the hills JJ. The light/shade works well on those hills too.

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Re: Causey Pike

Post by churinga » Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:31 pm

The foreground looks slightly impressionistic. A close up would give us a better idea of the texture. I appreciate the technical skill involved.

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Post by JJWilliamson » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:10 am

Thank you very much for looking and commenting, Ross. I always appreciate and value your feedback.
churinga wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:31 pm
The foreground looks slightly impressionistic. A close up would give us a better idea of the texture. I appreciate the technical skill involved. ... I'll see what I can do about a close up, but first I must have a close look myself. :)
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Re: Causey Pike

Post by lotus » Wed May 29, 2019 6:54 pm

dear JJ

i have never used a trowel or any palette knives

i feel you have accomplished very fine hues and contemplative textures

would you be kind enough to share the dimensions of the original

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Post by JJWilliamson » Thu May 30, 2019 11:28 am

Thank you very much, Lotus, for the analysis and comments. Always appreciated.

The dimensions are rather small and a little bit odd at 31 x 26 cms.

I enjoy using the knife, mainly for the effects it can bring to a painting, but to use it exclusively is something of a challenge.

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Re: Causey Pike

Post by Pauline » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:14 pm

JJWilliamson wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:37 pm
My wife bought me some canvas boards for Christmas, which was very thoughtful of her, but they were a bit coarse, too rough for delicate brush work. So, here is my first palette knife painting for your perusal. I used the small trowel shaped knife all the way through. Trickier than you might imagine.
Well she did you a favour JJ.
It pushed you to try something new, and you pulled it off.
You have some great textures there.
The mountains in particular.
Macavity wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:17 pm
I think you've achieved some sharp defintion on the hills JJ. The light/shade works well on those hills too.
I echo that. :D
JJWilliamson wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:53 pm
I quite like the loose effect that knife work forces upon the artist. Detail gives way to impressionism.
I LOVE my palette knife. I use it often. It's my favorite tool.
It's a Bob Ross 2inch :wink:
Best thing I have bought.
Get one JJ. You will get so much from it.
Like you say, it loosens you up and liberates you from agonizing over detail.
lotus wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 6:54 pm
i feel you have accomplished very fine hues and contemplative textures
You certainly have.
Its a great piece JJ.
Well done you.
JJWilliamson wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 11:28 am
I enjoy using the knife, mainly for the effects it can bring to a painting, but to use it exclusively is something of a challenge.
It certainly is.
But it's worth it if you get the result you were after.
:D

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Re: Causey Pike

Post by JJWilliamson » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:19 pm

Hi Pauline

Thank you very much for the detailed reply. I enjoyed it. :)
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:14 pm
JJWilliamson wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:37 pm
My wife bought me some canvas boards for Christmas, which was very thoughtful of her, but they were a bit coarse, too rough for delicate brush work. So, here is my first palette knife painting for your perusal. I used the small trowel shaped knife all the way through. Trickier than you might imagine.
Well she did you a favour JJ. ...Yes, sometimes the forced hand pays off.
It pushed you to try something new, and you pulled it off.
You have some great textures there. ...It was the textured finish that spurred me on. It really does make a difference.
The mountains in particular.
Macavity wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:17 pm
I think you've achieved some sharp defintion on the hills JJ. The light/shade works well on those hills too.
I echo that. :D
JJWilliamson wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:53 pm
I quite like the loose effect that knife work forces upon the artist. Detail gives way to impressionism.
I LOVE my palette knife. I use it often. It's my favorite tool.
It's a Bob Ross 2inch :wink:
Best thing I have bought.
Get one JJ. You will get so much from it. ...I know the very knife you mean. Are they available in art shops?
Like you say, it loosens you up and liberates you from agonizing over detail.
lotus wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 6:54 pm
i feel you have accomplished very fine hues and contemplative textures
You certainly have.
Its a great piece JJ. ...Thank you very much. :)
Well done you.
JJWilliamson wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 11:28 am
I enjoy using the knife, mainly for the effects it can bring to a painting, but to use it exclusively is something of a challenge.
It certainly is.
But it's worth it if you get the result you were after. ...I was pleasantly surprised, actually. I'll use it again.
:D
Thanks again, Pauline. Always appreciated.

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Re: Causey Pike

Post by lotus » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:16 am

dear JJ

i have been visiting your painting again
and seeing the very fine sublime use of the triangle
throughout

quite impressive

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Re: Causey Pike

Post by JJWilliamson » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:19 am

Thank you very much, Lotus, for the highly encouraging and astute comments. Very much appreciated.

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