Dear friends and watchers
Today, I would like to demonstrate an example of painting with layers using the impasto technique and a palette knife. I did this painting many times on different surfaces: canvases, special paper for oils, and cardboard. I recommend you to use a surface that you are more familiar with. You will need a palette knife. The palette knife size also depends on the canvas/paper size you will use. You will need some special oil paints. You can see a list of supplies and links on the right side of the screen where you can get them. You can also use your own paint mixtures. Personally, I love to experiment with new colors I can find online or at local stores.
I just covered the white canvas with every dark colored oil paint what I had left from previous paintings using my palette knife. I always use my leftovers for the next canvas preparation. It can also be dark acrylic gesso.
Using a palette knife, I applied some light blue on the left and right upper corners. I added some yellow ochre in the middle.
I applied some green grey down, crab grey in the center, and a mixture of white, ultramarine, and green grey. Raw sienna was applied at the bottom of the canvas. I mixed some of these paints straight on the canvas. You can see the links of the exact oil paints I used on the right side of your screen. You can also find them in local stores such as Hobby Lobby. I made the first layer possible to see through.
Using a palette knife, I applied Cobalt Violet and Magenta on the canvas to create some dark areas. After doing this, I immediately started to work with light colors. I didn't wait for the canvas to dry.
I started to work with medium dark red color values. I mixed some Quinacridone Rose Light and Primary Magenta for the upper right corner of the painting. I used Primary Magenta for other parts of the painting. Sometimes, I mixed colors straight on the canvas.
After that, I decided to wait for the paint to dry.
After my painting dried out I started paint flowers using mixture of Cadmium Red and Quinacridone Rose Light. I use only the palette knife. Remember that bougainvillea flowers usually have three petals.
I continued to paint flowers using more paint mixtures of Rose Madder, Alizarin Chrimson and Quinacridone Rose Light.
Since I painted the bougainvillea climbing the wall, I have to paint shade on the wall from the flowers. I used Light Blue and Graphite for lighter areas of the painting, and I used Crab Grey for shaded areas.