Manly Rock Wall, Moody

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Key Takeaways: 

  • I started with a thin wash of transparent brown oxide to kill the white surface. This provides me with a more balanced surface to paint on and makes it easier to judge the colors.
  • A key purpose of this painting was to explore the use of palette knives to capture a subtle subject. The bold, crisp strokes of a palette knife typically work best for bold, high-contrast subjects (like my Sierra Nevada painting). But these bold strokes can work against you when painting more subtle subjects like this seascape.
  • I needed to wield the palette knives with a touch of finesse, as you would a brush, with careful attention given to the subtle relationships and nuances.
  • I needed to make the colors of the sky and sea melt into each other, like one of Claude Monet's water lily paintings. This wasn't an easy thing to do with a palette knife. I needed to constantly rework what I had on the canvas until it looked right.
  • The palette knife was naturally suited for one thing in particular: the glassy water. The smooth finish of a palette knife stroke is perfect for this. Unlike brush strokes that have tiny bristle indents.

Refer to this training report for more details about this painting.


Finished Painting

Dan Scott, Manly Rock Wall, Moody, 2021
Dan Scott, Manly Rock Wall, Moody, 2021

Reference Photo

Manly Rock Wall, Reference Photo (700W)