Creative Knife Technique #7
Goodbye art societies. Goodbye art groups. Goodbye standard painting. This is new universe time.
Welcome to the worlds of top shelf power. And don't say you don't have fun anymore - this will thrill you to bits. Stay in touch with us after you learn the Creative Knife, because we want to see where you go with your Fine Art. You could go anywhere! This will blow apart your normal painting and lift it into realms that might take a bit of getting used to.
You can do it gently, of course, and make only subtle changes. But the power is here if you want it.
Let's not be frightened of power. After all, you do want to have your art affect people. And most of all, you want to create, and you want to be thrilled by what you do.
This technique works on a very simple process. Medium is added to the paint on your palette, you pick the paint up with the knife a particular way, and whooomph. In milliseconds you've created effects which are so alive and so full of detail, potential and possibilities that you will just want to paint pictures for the rest of your life.
The photograph above shows three very quick Creative Knife strokes. The three of them have taken only a quarter of a second to do. Again, because it is not a moving picture, what the photograph doesn't show is what happens next. In another quarter of a second those strokes are altered with the knife (or you can use a rag or brush, or your hand) to 'set the stroke' into the work. This takes away its rawness and gives the technique meaning, which you'll see in the DVD.
Half a second - no more, is the secret, though you can work this technique over and again (unlike the Dagger Stroke, which dies away with more work). But you cannot help but apply this technique quickly, because the paint will run off the knife if you delay. The purpose of the Creative Knife is to empower your canvas with even more creative energy as you continue through the stages of your work. It brings ever more detail, ever more light, ever more movement or stillness, mood and atmosphere, color, and every other artistic attribute of a Fine Art painting.
And wow it's fun to do. No photograph can do this technique justice. It does need moving pictures to see how dramatically it changes a painting - and then how wonderfully it sets into the image, no longer raw and crude, but perfectly thrillingly happy in its new level.
Not to be confused with the Painting Knife technique, the Creative Knife is used if you want or need to during stages after Day One. It is without doubt the most powerful oil painting technique on the planet, and try to see it being performed if you can.