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New Direction - The Palette Knife

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A few weeks ago, one of the members of my art club, the Rideau Lakes Artists' Association, suggested that I try painting with a palette knife. This is something which I had not dared to try it because of my perception that it would reduce control of paint strokes. I have been, up to this point, interested in achieving a good representation of objects - becoming almost a 'slave to the subject'. I decided to give the palette knife a 'go' and have enjoyed the experience so far. I do accept that some definition has been lost. However, there is a fluidity and freedom which one gets precisely because one has to accept that photographic realism cannot be easily achieved. I'm not sure whether to make a complete shift towards this method of paint application but it does provide a means of evaluating whether or not one wants to continue using brushes as before or to migrate to something else. It's all part of the journey we are all involved with.