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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Put Down the Brush

Using a palette knife allows an artist to break out of the rut of brushstrokes while maintaining clear marks—akin to what the pastelist can achieve with the side of the pastel. These marks are beautiful because of their clear shape and purity of color. The knife can also help you achieve a juicy and painterly style to apply the paint cleanly. When you have to work quickly, such as when the light is fading fast, the knife works extremely well to help you get a lot of paint down on the surface and keep the colors clean with minimal fussing.

The long shadows of the twilight hours are very attractive, and the linear configuration of the scene—horizon, far shore, water and tree configuration—seemed to lend itself beautifully to ...

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