In the last six months I have been experimenting with painting using painting knives. These are not palette knives, but similar but with thin blades in a variety of shapes and sizes.
I have come to the conclusion that this way of painting has for me at least some advantages over conventional brush painting.
Firstly, no tedious cleaning of brushes is needed. A quick wipe with a cloth and your knife is virgin clean. Secondly surprisingly I have found it cleaner. Except for my hands, which I normally cover in pvc gloves, I get very little mess,and no spills on my clothes. Wearing an apron helps. I also find mixing on my palette easier. The biggest advantage however is that I find it a more expressive way of painting. One can put the paint on smoothly or with expressive strokes. Thickly or thinly. Impasto is much easier .
The main disadvantage is that one uses a LOT more paint. This leads one to the question that should one use cheaper paints.
Here are a few examples of paintings that I have done using knives. I would be pleased to receive any comments on this subject.
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