Color Wheel

May 1, 2011

We arrange our oil color tubes on a rotating circular tray that has two tiers. The tray serves several functions. First a rotating tray gives us ready access to all the tubes without having to rummage around in a paint box. We use many…

The ground

May 1, 2011

Before applying any paint, the surface of the panel must be prepared by sanding, to roughen it, and by applying a layer of paint called a “ground”, a coating that bonds with both the panel and the oil colors. Until recently…

Hardboard panels

May 1, 2011

We paint on hardboard, as many knife painters do, not on canvas. Thick applications of paint could break if the canvas were rolled. Many of the great masters painted on natural wood or hardboard panels, including Picasso. The problem…

Painting with knives

May 1, 2011

People are often surprised when we tell them that we use painting knives instead of brushes. They point to some fine lines on a painting and ask if these were also painted with a knife. Yes, they were. We have some brushes somewhere in…

Special Oil Colors

May 1, 2011

To use our knife technique we require highly viscous paints. Oil colors that are the consistency of jam are formulated to spread easily with a brush, but they either slide off the knife or form drooping strings that make precise…

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