"Adobe Sunset," 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas board
My do-it-yourself art schooling is a story of step by step learning, from lots of mistakes and trying new things, based on ideas from books, videos and talks with artists.
This one completed today, a 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas board,"Adobe Sunset," was an attempt to paint with palette knives on a larger surface, compared to the small one posted about earlier, "Blue Tempest," when I wrote about by fascination with palette knives.
Main lesson learned: Don't use knives where exact details are needed. Go for the impression and texture. I know now why knives work best on abstract and impressionistic work I put finishing touches and a few corrections on with brushes, and the rough texture made that difficult. I also need to mix more paint as the piece progresses to be able to duplicate what I'm after.
But, I'm fairly happy with this. I'll put a varnish on it in about a week, and get it framed for sale at In Your Eye Studio & Gallery in Paseo Arts District. Another lesson--I will probably go back to brushes.