Thursday, February 02, 2012


Painting with the palette knife as compared with brushes is an interesting subject. Artists often feel they should limit themselves to just one or the other. Many of the great masters disagree, as do I.

Richard Schmid is a excellent example. Richard Schmid is one of the most accomplished masters of our time, known best for his masterful use of the brush in both figure painting and landscapes. Interestingly he also endorses and uses the palette knife in his work.

In his book “Richard Schmid Paints The Figure” (published in 1973) he mentions being inspired by one of his heroes, Nicholai Fechin as a master of the knife as well as brushes in his work.

In another of his books “Richard Schmid Paints Landscapes” (published in 1975), Richard admonishes artists to learn to use the knife. He suggests locking away your brushes for a time and painting only with the knife to master this “amazingly versatile instrument.”

More than two decades later in his classic book “Alla Prima – Everything I Know About Painting, by Richard Schmid” he again devotes time to knife painting and describes situations when the knife is the best tool. An example shown in this book is “Cascade Barn” which was painted exclusively with the knife.

Emille Gruppe, another artist whose work I admire, describes how the great Charles Hawthorne forced students to spend time learning how to use the knife exclusively in order to broaden their skills.

Most collectors familiar with my work know me for my brush paintings, but with this topic in mind I’ve decided to show another example of my own palette knife work. This painting is a 4x6 inch oil entitled “THE INSPIRATION OF NATURE.”

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