If you’ve been looking for a way to enhance your painting style, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. This may contain just what you’ve been looking for: a refreshing new approach that will bring in the zing and zest your paintings are missing.
Award-winning artist Michele Byrne is going to show you how to blend the best of both worlds — beautiful brushworkand amazing palette knife techniques, all in one painting. Heck, this is the greatest matchup since peanut butter and jelly!
You’reNot Cheating on Your Brushes!
Let’s face it, we’re all in a serious relationship with our paintbrushes. We don’t just randomly choose one and hope it works out. Nope … we carefully make our selections, willingly spend our hard-earned cash on them, treat them with great care, and, when we find a favorite, buy another one just like it. It’s bliss...
And now we’re asking you to add a palette knife or two to the relationship —it just feels so wrong!
But don’t worry, you’re not breaking up with your brushes. They’re still going to get plenty of time and attention from you. You’ll just be adding a fun new element that will generate a lot of excitement in your paintings — exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Creating the Roadmap for Painting Success
Michele encourages you to start each painting like it’s going to be the best painting you’ll ever do … and then shows you how to keep things fun and stay optimistic as you work through, and overcome, painting challenges.
Finding that many artists tend to skip the foundational steps of drawing and perspective to get right into painting, Michele begins by teaching you to develop careful drawings, value studies, and color studies that will become the roadmap for your entire painting. In fact, Michele calls part of this plan a “Thrust Map.”
Starting strong will help you avoid trouble down the road … you’ll be so glad you slowed down and took the time to create this map before you started your journey.
From there, she’ll guide you through every step — design, composition, values, color, and edges.You’ll see exactly how Michele creates vibrant impressionistic and believable scenes that showcase movement and action. Most importantly, you’ll see how you can manipulate the paint with your palette knife to create the illusion of small details without ever having to actually paint them in!
Adding palette knife techniques to what you’re already doing in brush painting is like spreading delightful icing on a beautiful cake! You’ll savor the energy of the spontaneous effects a knife can give. You’ll celebrate the joy of mixing paint to achieve bold, glowing colors and then applying them in generous amounts to create texture and luminosity.
Go ahead, invite a palette knife to your party, and see just how much fun you’ll have with it!