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BERNARD JANSON - PAINTING KNIFE

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Oil on canvas; Painting knife technique.

Here are advices about my way of using the palette knife.

The exclusive use of palette knife is relatively recent and less widely than brush. At the begining palette knife was mainly used to mix colours on palettes. Learning to paint canvas with palette knife tasks longer than brush.

With this technique, oil paint becomes thick substance. The artist painter must have a more synthetic vision of its artwork, and he has to suggest what he paints rather than to show extacly what he sees.

Parameters that come into play, in my view, for the use of palette knives.

The knife pressure on the canvas.

The size of the palette knife.

The amount of oil paint you put on the palette knife.

The inclination of the palette knife.

The speed of the gesture.

The flexibility of the knife blade.

Wet-on-wet is my painting technique. This technique is also called by specialists ALLA PRIMA. So, when I begin a canvas I must finish it quickly.

I place a great value to the composition of my artworks.

picture symbol palette knife painting

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PAINTING KNIFE AND PAINTING WITH A BRUSH.

The most significant difference is the effects of thickness we can get more easily with palette knives.

The second difference is the cleability of the palette knives. A simple wipe on the blades is enough to get them clean, while brushes are less easy to clean mainly with oil paint. So, with palette knifes the colours are always clean if due precautions are taken.

picture symbol painting knife

Another difference is the opportunity to mix the colours directly on the canvas, with that we can get surprising effects; see the picture above.

On the other hand the avantage of brush on palette knife is the easily to paint tiny details.

symbol artistic painting knife

charcoal sketch before painting canvas

SKETCH WITH A VIEW TO PAINT A CANVAS.

picture drawing ho to apint a canvas

preparatory drawing in view to paint a canvas

ANOTHER PREPARATORY DRAWING TOWARD THE REALIZATION OF AN ARTWORK.

picture drawinf painting knife

my palette during a painting session

MY COLOURS PALETTE DURING PAINTING A CANVAS.

picture palette colours

paintng workshop with easel and palette colours

A PARTIAL VIEW OF MY PAINTING WORKSHOP.

my painting workshop with in foreground my palette colours

ANOTHER PARTIAL VIEW OF MY STUDIO.

picture atelier painting knife


WHAT TO PAINT WITH.

PALETTE KNIVES. Specialy configured to artwork, it is preferable to use different sizes. I use palette knifes with rounded corners. Those with sharp corners are inappropriate.

picture symbol canvas painting knife

PALETTE. I use a white thin wooden board. Size 80cm by 55cm.

PAPER TOWELS. I use a lot of paper towels, the cleanliness of the blades is for me a prime means to got nice colours. With a palette knife that would not be clean, colours would be contamined, and the result will be muddy.

A GARBAGE BAG. For getting rid of the soiled paper and empty paint tubes.

PAINT TUBES.

I use large tubes, 200 or 225 ml. Pictures below show some samples of my usual colours. They are mixed with a small amount of white.

technique painting knife colour yellow

yellow

technique painting knife colour orange

Orange

technique painting knife colour red

Red

technique painting knife colour purple

purple

technique painting knife colour french ultramarine

french ultramarine

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