A Little Rough

Those of you who have become Facebook friends already know my exciting news. I’m going to be joining an art club. It’s a county-wide fine arts association which holds two art shows each year. I’m thrilled at the prospect of meeting new artist friends, seeing art demonstrations, and perhaps participating in the shows.

Of course, I’m still haunted by that question: Am I really an artist? I wonder if I’m reallyΒ good enough to join the association. But then I remind myself that this is a wonderful opportunity to learn, grow, and make connections in the art world. Ready or not, I’m joining!

To this point, most of my oil painting has been hit-and-miss, all on my own. Maybe I should learn a few oil painting techniques, I decided, and so, I’ve been hitting the books.

I’ve learned a lot about brushstrokes, blending, scumbling, cross-hatching, and using palette knives to apply paint. I’ve done it before when painting mountains, but that was just as a way of highlighting areas. I’d never tried doing a complete painting with a palette knife.

How did it turn out? A bit rough, but as Dawn from Brush of Dawn reminds me, “the rougher, the better”.


Palette Knife
Palette Knife Tree — Oil on 9 x 12 Canvas Panel

Over the last few weeks, I really have been learning a lot, and as I post additional paintings, I hope you’ll see the improvements I’m making.


I’ll never be a wizard with a palette knife, but the “lightning-struck tree” — that’s what it reminded me of — was a lot of fun to paint. And, really, isn’t that what true art should be about? It should be about doing what we love, and loving what we do!


  1. Go for it, Judith! That’s a nice juicy tree and there’s nothing to be lost and everything to be gained by ‘daring’ yourself to do stuff in art!! Good luck with that art club! I was interested to hear about your exploits with palette knives….I just brought myself a few and got some (acrylic) paint that is heavy body, with the intention of exploring impasto effects – I would love to hear more about your explorations in this area especially! What kinds of knives do you have and do you have any thoughts on the subject of which knives work well for what? Everything I have read so far has been so vague and wafty about knife choices!

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    1. I have a set of knives I bought through Amazon. It has several different sizes. Dawn Lomako from Brush of Dawn is marvelous using palette knives. Check out her website/blog for lots of great tips. She’s helped me a lot.

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  2. Good for you and a great encouragement to me! I’ve felt the same way and just joined a local art association and will meet everyone this Sunday. What is the art association you joined? I’m also going to check out the book you mentioned. Thanks for sharing.🎨

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