Why and how do artists use pallet knives when painting?

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  • Why and how do artists use pallet knives when painting?


Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 18:50
I have done some nice paintings this way. More spontaneous, more attention to color and composition - less detail.
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Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 18:59
It's the lazy way of painting most often used by people that never really learned how to paint.
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Answer #3 | 24/12 2013 08:09
It used to supply a sense of texture. I have never seen a pallet knife used as part of say a portrait only outdoor scenes. Some mediums such as watercolor are not good for the use of a pallet knife. I would sugget an acrylic such as guash.
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Answer #4 | 24/12 2013 13:19
I have seen portrait work done with a palette knife exactly as Ms. Aoife O brien (great name!) describes. The paintings in the links below are similiar to what those portraits looked like. However, the artist in the first two links may or may not have used a palette knife. The technique might also be described as open form, lost edges and broken color. I remain impressed my Ms. O brien's knowledgeable answer. Also,
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Answer #5 | 25/12 2013 04:29
Why? For texture. How? Here's a good video.
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