Palette Knife Painting Tips

Painting with a palette knife is a challenging, but rewarding approach to paint application. When applied, the colors make an immediate impact due to their purity. However, the palette knife can be a difficult tool to master because the initial application of paint is so direct and striking. There is a purity of color that can be achieved when painting with a knife that is very different than with a brush. The “creaminess” of the paint really [...]

Handy Artist Palettes by New Wave

My friends at New Wave Fine Art Products, makers of handcrafted artist palettes, have sent me new products to review. Two different shapes of the Grey Pad disposable palettes, and the handy Easy Lift peelable palette. Lori holding the Grey Pad handheld model. Last year, I tested out the New Wave Highland plein air, and Grand View Confidant studio palettes. I am still so impressed with these beautiful, functional palettes and I use them all the [...]

Enjoying My Artist Palette By New Wave

Since college, I haven't painted with a handheld artist palette. In the past, I have found these classic palettes to be cumbersome, uncomfortable to hold, and a chore to clean. So when I received a box filled with two beautiful handmade artist palettes from my Twitter friends at New Wave Fine Art Products, I was a little bit apprehensive about using them! Grateful for the gift, I first decided to test-out the Highland plein air palette while painting for my 30 Day Plein Air Painting [...]

The Highland Plein Air Artist Palette by New Wave

Much to my delight, I recently received a box filled with two beautiful artist palettes from my Twitter friends, Kyle and Keith O'Brien of New Wave Fine Art Products. Kyle asked me to test out their Highland plein air palette, plus their mid-size Grand View Confidant. Lately, I've noticed a lot of artists are favoring the handheld artist palette over the artist taboret. I witnessed this last month while painting in Maine with T. Allen Lawson, so I was [...]

How I Turned a TV Stand into an Artist’s Taboret

                          Having an efficient and well organized art studio is important to the productivity of any artist. The other day I was considering buying a new artist's taboret. I was ready to place the order, and then I realized that I could easily save money by turning my old TV stand into a new taboret! Here is how I did it. Before...         [...]

March 16th, 2012|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More|26 Comments

Show Me Your Palette

We can learn a lot about an artist by looking at his or her working palette. The daubs of paint, stubs of pastel, or puddles of color left behind on the palette are an intriguing trace of the working methods and psyche of the artist. Some painters prefer to organize their palette from light to dark pigments, while others place their paints from cool to warm. Many methodically arrange their paints in the same working order each time they [...]