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Upcoming Workshops 2021

Life is finally starting to get back to normal.  By now I would have usually taught several workshops, but this has not been a normal year for any of us!!  Anyway… I’m teaching a palette knife workshop in West Jefferson, NC in September at the Florence Thomas Art School.  It’s a wonderful town and school!  Hope you can join us!!!

Exploring the Palette Knife

Florence Art School 

September 7 and 8, 9:30-4:30,$215

http://florenceartschool.org

Join us for a two-day workshop exploring the use of the palette knife in your painting.  The knife can add a looseness and freedom to your paintings.  You can explore a whole painting with only your knife — or use the knife only for accents. Some of the advantages of the palette knife include:

  • Easy to clean
  • Great for texture and clean color
  • The edge creates great lines, trees, etc.
  • You can paint over wet layers without the paint mixing like a brush
  • Mixing colors of course!

Day one will include an introduction to the knife and the limited palette we’ll use. Together we’ll all paint a landscape from a photo, using the brush and the palette knife. Day two we’ll paint a still life — adding the challenge and opportunity of painting from life!

Hope you can join us! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

 

 

 

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Plein Air at Badin Lake

Badin Lake 6-2015 Web-Badin-Sky_Rwellner_8x10Had the lovely opportunity to do some plein air at Badin Lake this weekend.  Beautiful place, gorgeous weather.  Got to zone out for three hours painting! My favorite thing!!!  The top painting was done completely with palette knife.  I did block in with a brush of course.  Then I tried to very deliberately paint it from the back forward.  First laid in the sky, then the farthest view, then closer, etc. etc.  I’ve read recently that that is the best way to have success with the palette knife.  Not my style to be very deliberate!!

The next painting I changed the focus to the clouds, which were moving quickly!  So I can’t say that I painted them specifically.  Just tried to get their essence from observing.  This one I used my brush but tried to load it up with more paint than usual.  So much to learn with plein air!!I think I could have blued or grayed down the farthest scene to make it more successful.

All the best!  Happy painting!

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