Thursday, September 6, 2007

2.2.2_The pallet knife.

2.2.2_The pallet knife.
The pallet knife is naturally quick and improvisational in its abilities for laying paint on a surface.  There as many varieties as to the edge, shape, and flexibility of a palette knife; most of which mimic the paint brushes various features of each bristle type.  The palette knife has the ability to control the texture of oil paint, manipulating this painting medium into a sculpting medium.  The use of oil paint as a sculpting medium is still painting.  I use the pallet knife to sculpt three-dimensional forms out of oil paint.

     I used a set of 12 palette knives for an entire series of works.  I even found myself using a toaster, then a freezer door for their larger edge to pull paint.  

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