My #9 is a Grumbacher Style 877, size 18. The end is about a 1/4 inch diameter round and 3 inches long. A smaller blade would have a 1/8 " diameter half circle at the tip, like my #8 or my unbroken #4 used to have.
If you hold the painting in your hand, it's easier to get the blade in the right position for spreading the paint, a skill that you will be in control of in a short time.
It's nice to have a long, skinny, parallel edged blade too, like my # 5. The #5 has LOEW CORNELL J-15 Japan stamped into the black handle,
Pre-mixing colors is important for a knife painter. Start with enough white squeezed out to cover the whole painting support. Divide the white paint up into the amount of colors you will pre-mix plus their tints.
It is very important to use
the real color wheel when mixing colors.
The Red-Yellow-Blue color wheel will not work because the primary colors are wrong and the secondary colors are wrong and the complements and split-complements are wrong. The RGB/YMC won't work either, it makes it's darker values incorrectly by using black pigment to match subtracting light.
7.5x5.5, oil, #892, 4-29-03
11.5x7.5, oil, #893, 04-30-03
11.5x7.5, oil, #895, 05-02-03
Look at this naturally occurring set of complements in the lower left corner. Cadmium Red and Cyan (Thalo) Blue.
Set your mind to painting the whole painting with the knife.
|11.5x7.5, oil, #894, 5-7-03|
Here is a very recognizable split in the road, no gas is available for 40 miles. Your heading to the badlands, some of my favorite places. 05-13-03
Day 1 and 2. Knife work with out any medium, dry somewhat in 5 days.
This is 6 hours into an 8 or 9 hour painting. The Silver/Black Oak and the Jacaranda together. I use a full oil palette to start with then made tints and combinations of color tints that I will be needing. All this is the setup time for knife painting. I really prefer the brush technique of making one color at a time for the stroke that needs it. Ok, I might make a pile for a color I will need a lot of sometimes but never like with a knife.
Day 3, 5-17-03, finished.
I did a lot of work with my #10 style blade and a little with my fingers.
To make the fine lines of the barbed wire and some of the branches I thinned down the paint a lot with turpintine and just drew with the tip edge of the knife.
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