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'Palette Knife Portraits' with Mark Fennell


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Suitable for students with some oil painting experience and more advanced students.

'Palette Knife Portraits' – in Oil with Mark Fennell RBSA

Learn how to paint bold expressive portraits with painting knives.

Explore Knife painting techniques, laying the paint on thick to create a rich painting full of texture and energy.

The day will start with a short demonstration followed by lots of one on one tuition to help you paint a powerful and convincing impasto portrait.

What to Bring:

A good photographic reference of a subject of your choice or suitable portrait images will be provided.
A pre primed and grounded canvas or board. minimum size approx 16” x 14”.
2x good quality long handled, short flat hog brushes sizes 4 and 10.
Palette knifes - minimum requirement Winsor and Newton sizes 20, 30 and 21 or similar. Quality knives please, no plastic knives.
Liquin original, Zest It or similar odourless paint thinners also bring a dipper pot to hold the medium.
Good size flat mixing palette (no plates or paper palettes please)
Oil colours as follows - titanium white, naples yellow, cadmium yellow pale, yellow ochre, cadmium red, alizarine crimson, burnt sienna, french ultramarine
Please ensure you bring a carrier for taking home your wet painting. Mark recommends buying some carrier clips (they attach at each corner of the canvas to keep wet canvases apart.)
Sticks of charcoal (optional)

Paint, brushes, palettes and thinners can be supplied for use over the two days at an additional cost of £15.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.


Catherine Wetherall at Pure Artwork
Manor Barn
Manor Road
Adderbury, Banbury
OX17 3EJ
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2 days

Next available date

17th November 2020

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