Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How to paint a palette knife portrait...

Beautiful young actress Ms. Laci Kay

I had so much fun with this palette knife portrait of the beautiful young actress and singer Ms. Laci Kay who I have painted before.

I was feeling the need to shake things up a bit...not work so tightly and grabbing a palette knife will sure achieve that. 

It amazes me what a fast process this is for me compared toworking with a brush. Feels almost like you are sculpting and I love that.

I find it helpful to pre-mix some neutral greys on my palette first so you can just fly. The aims is to just put down a color value with the knife hopefully on the right plane, working against or with the plane.

Different palette knives achieve different effects. I used three different ones on this portrait. If you would like me to post them, lemme know.

Hope you  like!


Kim Blair said...

Hi Johanna:
Love the texture you created in this portrait using just palette knives, and yes, would love for you to post which ones you used.
Plus I wanted to tell you that the photo of you (looking in the mirror) with all the 'Faces of Ventura' portraits make quite a wonderful statement on your blog. Wonderful to see them all lined up on the wall in one large frame... very impressive effort!
Will there be a new challenge only just with a palette knife? Maybe 'Pets of Ventura"?
All the best.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Thanks Kim. Face of Malibu is next in The Malibu Times, already started. Will post the palette knives.