Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Techniques – Free Video Course Part 4 of 4

by Will Kemp

in acrylic painting

personal style in painting

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-uncombed-hair

Picasso, Self Portrait, 1896

Picasso blue period life

Picasso, La Vie, 1903

Picasso rose period woman-crow

Picasso, Woman with a crow, 1904

Picasso black period bust-woman-1907

Picasso, Bust of Woman, 1907

Picasso cubism Woman-Playing-Mandolin

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.

If you want to brush up on your colour theory, you should have a look at my Simple Colour Mixing Course.

You might also like:
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

 

 

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin Mize February 14, 2013

Thanks again!
I am now inspired to paint an abstract image in oils with the palette knife..yippee!
Robin Mize

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Will Kemp February 14, 2013

Good one Robin, pleased to hear it. You might be interested in this documentary on Gerhard Richter, a fab painter who has taken abstract palette knife paintings to a whole new level!

Cheers,
Will

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Sherrill Pearson February 14, 2013

First let me say, that I loved that little injection of humour with the video. Good stuff.

And, of course, I thank you for that very generous tutorial video series Will. So helpful, you are a pleasure to watch, and a great instructor. Will miss you and hope to see you again soon.

Sherrill, Montreal

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Will Kemp February 14, 2013

Cheers Sherrill, hope it helps get through those times when paintings don’t quite go to plan! Thanks for your kind words on the tutorials.

Will

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Catharina February 14, 2013

Thanks Will! I just loved it! I will definitely look at it a few times. So much appreciated.

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Will Kemp February 14, 2013

You’re welcome Catharina,

Will

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Sheila Mabey February 14, 2013

Wow! As a newcomer to Acrylics I found this so inspiring (and encouraging) I’m quite nervous about trying the palette knife but will give it a go and try to have fun. Thanks so much Will
Hoping for more of the same, Sheila

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Will Kemp February 14, 2013

Thanks Shelia, it can be scary to start with a palette knife but you’ll soon get the hang of it! have a go, have fun, it’s the best way to learn.

Will

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Norah February 14, 2013

I love that painting – it reminds me of Donegal

thank you for a great demo and for being so kind in sharing your skills

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Will Kemp February 14, 2013

Thanks Norah, the view is on the coast of Broadford on the Isle of Skye,
Cheers,
Will

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Garima February 14, 2013

I enjoyed the palette knife tutorial thoroughly. Also had a great laugh at the end with the funny video about adding black. I have done that myself many times . Thanks for this inspirational tutorial.

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Will Kemp February 16, 2013

Your welcome Garmima, pleased you enjoyed it!

Cheers,
Will

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Patsy February 15, 2013

Hey Will. I just love your sense of humor. And, again, thank you for sharing your skills. You give such encouragement to me to try something completely different. Love the Picasso memory lane.
Patsy Ann

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Will Kemp February 16, 2013

Thanks Patsy, great to hear you feel encouraged to give a new technique a try.

Cheers,
Will

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gunner February 15, 2013

What’s for tea mother – Pins ?
Haven’t seen that for years. It makes me want to get the black paint out …

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Will Kemp February 16, 2013

It’s a classic!

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joyce February 16, 2013

Dear Will, so enjoyed your acrylic pallete knife painting video thank you for sharing your wants me to wonderful knowledge I would like to see you do a portrait in acrylics my granddaughter wants me to paint her, the photo is taken in her garden so a lot of green. What colour would I have to paint my canvas so I am not painting on a white canvas do you have any advice? regards Joyce

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Will Kemp February 17, 2013

Hi Joyce,

Pleased to hear you’ve been enjoying the series of videos.

Blending with oils is alot easier than with acrylics, and I find if you’re first starting portraits having the extra time to blend is crucial to achieve a realistic portrait.

Often, the main issues beginners have with portraits are skin tones and edges – the skin tones are too intense in colour and the edges are too hard.

Working with acrylics can be a bit of adjustment because they dry so quickly but can be done if you’re working on a smaller scale.

You could use either a neutral grey (Raw umber & white mix) or because you will have a lot of green in the painting try using a Renaissance technique called ‘Verdaccio green. A muted green that was traditionally created from a mixture of Mars Black & Yellow Ochre is used to establish tonal values in the underpainting so when you paint the skintones they really glow out against the green.

Cheers,

Will

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Sue dee February 18, 2013

Hi Will thanks for the johny nice painter made me smile which is always good. The pallet knife painting has given me ideas,!! Thanks once again. I am enjoying you colour mixing course, it has helped already.

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Will Kemp February 19, 2013

Hi Sue, thanks for dropping by, pleased Johnny nice made you smile! great to hear the colour mixing course has helped.

Cheers,
Will

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Sandy Piltch February 24, 2013

Thank you Will. It was an excellent tutorial; I enjoyed it and I’m very pleased with the outcome. I had only viewed tutorials one and two but your e-mail with the third tutorial
motivated me to squeeze out paint, and actually paint. ( Very happy I did. ) I then looked forward to the fourth tutorial to complete the painting.
Cheers,
Sandy

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Will Kemp February 25, 2013

Hi Sandy,

Really pleased you enjoyed the series, and took the plunge with getting the paints out!

Cheers,
Will

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shanna March 10, 2013

your such a great painter,your a big help for everyone who wants to learn painting like me…i am a beginner.

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Will Kemp March 10, 2013

Thanks Shanna,

Pleased you’re enjoying the website!

Cheers,

Will

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Pearl March 11, 2013

You have such a great teaching style. Very inviting. As a novice, I find that you give the right amount of information without overwhelming. You make it relaxed and fun, like it should be. Now, time for a cup of tea, a biscuit and a brush!

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Will Kemp March 11, 2013

You’ve got it Pearl!
An artist always paints looking for the next tea and biscuit break! So pleased you’re finding the tutorials fun and inspiring, that’s how great paintings are made.

Cheers,

Will

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Elsebe March 17, 2013

Hi Will. I never had any tertiary training in painting, and are always looking for more study material. I found you, and are so glad, you are an amazing teacher, and I just love the fact that you are willing to share your knowledge. Even better, little tricks that would have taken me years to figure out for myself!

Thanks for encourage people like me on the other side of the earth!

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Will Kemp March 18, 2013

Cheers Elsebe, lovely to hear from you!

Really glad you’re finding the tutorials helpful and gaining new knowledge in painting,

Thanks again,

Will

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Svetlana March 20, 2013

Hi Will,
Thanks for making it possible for an amateur like me to begin to paint. Your method is simple and you take your time to explain us almost everything. I will surely do the cherry painting too these days, to exercice.
Best,
Svetlana from Brussels

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Will Kemp March 20, 2013

Hi Svetlana, thanks for dropping by. Really pleased you’re enjoying the tutorials, let me know how your cherry painting turns out.

Cheers,
Will

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Karen March 25, 2013

Hi Will,
Thank you so much for this website and the fabulous tutorials. I have just started painting for the first time, (had some acrylic paints bought for my 50th birthday). I’m addicted now and have found your site so helpful. I did the Monet tutorial first and actually produced something I could put on the wall! Felt such an achievement. Just about to have a go at the palette knife tutorials which takes me completely out of my comfort zone with my paint brush!!

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Will Kemp March 25, 2013

Hi Karen,

Thanks for dropping by, and for letting me know of your Monet painting achievement, good one! Tackling a palette knife for the first time is a step into the unknown, but can really add a new dimension to your painting.

Looking forward to hearing how it turns out.
Cheers,
Will

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Jasmine April 25, 2013

Hello Will

I happened to see your website yesterday and spent almost whole day watching your inspirational painting videos. I have done mainly watercolor in the past, but today I finished my first still life acrylic painting (challenged by the quick drying medium and mixing the color I want, needs lots of, lots of practice..), but I am very happy that your painting has truly inspired me!

Painting is a way of healing and find out who I really am. Thank you indeed for sharing your knowledge and passion!

Jasmine

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Will Kemp April 25, 2013

Hi Jasmine,

Thanks so much for your lovely comment, it can feel a little strange when trying acrylics from watercolour, but great to hear you’ve had your first success with your first still life painting!
Really pleased you’ve been inspired.

Cheers,
Will

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Robbie White May 13, 2013

Hi Will, I found your pallete knive painting very interesting, making me wanting to have a go. Although I have watched the way you painted but I have missed hearing your comments as I am profoundly deaf from birth. I have had an unused pallet knive still in a box for over 50 years and I would like to have a go. Would it be a good idea to have a subtitles on to help other deaf artists like myself to follow through. Regards Robbie

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Will Kemp May 22, 2013

Hey Robbie,

Glad you found the tutorial interesting and hopefully inspired you to get that palette knife into action!

Transcribing the videos is on my to do list, as yes I agree, having the subtitles would really help.

There are some subtitles on some of my earlier videos on youtube,

Hope this helps,

Will

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Corie June 23, 2013

Hi Will
Thank you for sharing your inspiring video on palette knife painting series. I am new to painting and found your tutorial helpful for both technique and process, but also with observing your view and interpretation of this picture. I completed my first painting last Christmas in knife painting and it turned out well, which was prior to discovering your website. I am now hooked on the impasto style and I have many more paintings in my imagination waiting to be created, but I’ve been held back as I just wasn’t sure about the entire process when the image becomes more complicated with detail. It was very helpful to see your inspirational picture and how you began and completed the journey. Thank you for being so gracious and generous with sharing your talent – allowing others to be inspired so they can unleash their creativity too. A wonderful website – thank you so much!

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Will Kemp June 23, 2013

Hi Corie,

Thanks for your lovely comments, really pleased to hear you’ve been inspired by the tutorial and have been enjoying creating with a palette knife!

Thanks again,
Will

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Jenny Michalak January 16, 2014

Hi Will,
It is really extraordinary how you painted this landscape using such vibrant colors. When I look at the reference photo, I see mostly soft cool colors with a few muted warm colors in the foreground. But you really took it to another level and made the painting exciting and interesting to look at. Your color choice adds energy to a rather ordinary scene. Thanks for sharing your artistic talent and knowledge. This really gives me some new ideas of what to paint next.

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Will Kemp January 16, 2014

Good one Jenny, pleased you enjoyed it.

Will

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Phillip Longley May 19, 2014

he4llo there Will,

You have some talent & what great videos of yours I have watched so far.
I enjoye4d watching them & now I am looking forward to starting the actual painting already.

Keep it up.

I will let you know when I have started painting landscapes.

Phillip Longley.

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H L Payne September 16, 2014

Enjoy a craftsman of any kind doing their work. I am 77 and I should take up farming, everything I paint turns to mud. H L

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Will Kemp September 18, 2014

Ha ha! Hope you’re finding the lessons helpful in turning that mud into gold!
Cheers,
Will

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