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October 2020 Presenter: Rob Shaw

We invite you to join us at our meeting on Monday October 19, 2020 for fun and fellowship! This is our monthly members meeting. Hope to see you there - members and guests welcome!

This is our monthly members meeting. Hope to see you there. Members and Guests welcome!

Please join us for fun and fellowship! Our online presenter for this meeting will be Rob Shaw. Rob will discuss palette knife painting and do a demo. Note that Rob will also be offering an interactive online palette knife painting workshop on Oct 24.  Something not to miss! 

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The Zoom session will open at 6:45pm

The Presentation will begin at 7pm

(See Zoom link details at bottom of this post)

Sample palette knife painting by Rob Shaw


Photo: Rob Shaw

Rob Shaw graduated from the University of South Carolina (USC) with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio.  When he discovered the palette knife style of painting he began to use it exclusively.   And he has been teaching palette knife painting techniques to others. He has had numerous individual and group shows in South Carolina galleries and also been the featured artist at Havens Framemakers and Gallery since 2003. In 2005, he won second place in the NBSC Oil Painter’s Invitational, an art show that traveled the state for a year. In 2008, he won Best in Show (Professional Division) at the South Carolina State Fair for ‘Green Mist on Gervais.’ In 2016, I was juried into ArtFields in Lake City. His paintings are part of many private collections all over the United States and even Europe. You can also find his work at First Citizens Bank and The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties.


You might know the palette knife as a tool for mixing paint on a palette, but it can do so much more than that! In fact, you can use a palette knife to create effects and use techniques that you wouldn’t be able to do with a brush. Some contemporary artists like me favor the palette knife so much that we often don’t use brushes anymore. Both oil and acrylic paint can be used for palette knife painting, though I personally prefer using oil on canvas.

One of the best things about this style of painting is the wide array of textures that you can get with a palette knife. Sharp lines can be made using the edge of the palette knife. You can achieve the broad, sweeping strokes of impasto, or create interesting effects through sgraffito or scratching into the paint. You can even paint wet on wet—that is, painting on top of wet layers without the paint blending together. A palette knife really allows you to put layers of paint together in a distinct way compared to a brush.

Palette knife painting isn’t just great for texture. Color is another area where palette knife painting really shines. A palette knife is an excellent tool for dragging colors into each other, making very stark edges, and creating shifts in color. You can also get distinct broken color effects through this style. The effects that can be achieved through palette knife painting will depend on how much paint is used, how much pressure is applied on the canvas, and what angles the palette knife is used at.


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A reminder to our members:

A reminder to our members about the TAP Gallery Wall Display:

- Sept 21 - Oct 19:  Solo Exhibit for 2020 Best in Show winner - Shin Wilbanks

- Oct 19 - Nov 16: "theme TBD"

Artists with artwork in the current exhibit should plan to take their pieces home on Sept 20 or 21.   


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