This is my first attempt at experimenting with palette knives. I recently attended a workshop with artist Susan Forsyth, who specialises in coastal paintings, very inspiring! I have tried sea-scapes before without much success, but using palette knives seemed to free me up, and allow the painting to take shape. I enjoyed the texture that was created with the knives, although I did find them harder to use than I thought I would. There’s definitely a technique to using them, and I had to resist the desire or impulse to go over it all again with my preferred paint-brushes, although of course, its perfectly fine to use both or anything really which allows you to make your mark on paper! Be it toothbrushes to convey a sea-spray, or an old credit card to create a fine line, both came in handy with this painting.

Update:- For Better, For Worst.

I seem to be going back to paintings and adding to them! Here is my latest update to Gathering Storm.

Gathering Storm

I decided it wasn’t quite right, what did it need? So I added the Bass Rock (in the Firth of Forth, Scotland), brightened the sky-line, worked more on the sea, and finishing touches…some seagulls. Happier with it now 🙂

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