This week I started an oil using palette knives, something I haven’t done for ages, and it didn’t go well. My image was in portrait mode; I was re-using a half worked canvas, the disappearing painting being in landscape configuration. Unthinkingly, I set up the canvas as per the existing painting, so not much room for the sky and sea, and too much room across the painting. I soldiered on, but by the end of the session I was so disgusted with my efforts that I scraped off the paint and rub the surface clean. What do you think of my Turner?
So, I started again, this time with image and canvas agreeing. My first sky had been very stormy and active, but I remember the day as being sunny but with a very strong wind off the sea. You can get a very smooth finish with palette knives if you think of icing a cake, so this time the sky is friendlier and less active. The strata of the cliffs were beautifully colour coded, creamy, chocolatey, and I regret, muddy, while the sea sang in turquoise green.