Bringing Personality to your Painting
In the final stages of any painting, it’s a case of viewing your piece as a whole and adjusting details or adding more saturated colour to create a harmony and balance.
You’ll be painting more instinctively, rather than methodically and putting a stamp of your own personal style within it.
Students often ask, ‘How do I develop my own style?’
And the answer is quite simple.
You already have it – even though you might not think it…
Just as our written signatures all vary, so does the handling of a paint brush, favourite colour palettes and the subjects we choose to paint.
If you look at some student successes with one of my previous Cherry tutorials, it is clear to see everyone’s unique style coming through, even though the starting point, step-by-step instruction and reference image were exactly the same for everyone.
However, these individual qualities are not set in stone, both new artistic techniques and life experiences shape our interests, outlook and style of work.
Artists should continually grow, so don’t become too precious about your paintings, experimenting with different mediums and techniques might put you into unknown artistic territory that could shape your next piece.
Picasso, who created tens of thousands of artworks, went from his early classical works through his ‘Blue period’, ‘Rose Period’ and onto his ‘Black Period’ in a few short years.
Picasso, Self Portrait, 1896
Picasso, La Vie, 1903
Picasso, Woman with a crow, 1904
Picasso, Bust of Woman, 1907
Picasso, Woman playing the Mandolin, 1910
So embrace your own style, enjoy using the palette knife and putting the final flourishes to the palette knife study, even if it feels a little bit out of your comfort zone and try to resist the ‘Black, Black’ urges of Johnny Nice Painter!
How to paint with a palette knife - Free acrylic video Course |Part 4
This video below shows the final steps of this palette knife landscape tutorial.
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1. Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Techniques – Free Video Course Part 1
2. Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Techniques – Free Video Course Part 2
3. Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Techniques – Free Video Course Part 3