20" X 16", acrylic on panel
Lately abstraction has been on my mind. Not that I want to paint abstracts, but rather I want to paint representational images that are nearly abstract but still readily recognizable. I figure the best way to achieve that is to paint using palette knives, or even better, "wedges". What's a wedge? It's what Princeton calls it's line of paint application tools that are basically a thin contoured wedge shape, some come with shaped edges for creating special textures. On this painting I used the wedge they call "Contour C-83" for almost the whole painting. I kept the background totally abstract and just applied blocks of various colors which is kind of what I did for the body of the tractor as well.
When using alternative tools to paint with you often give up a degree of control, which is fine, it keeps you from getting too fussy. I really like the effect and enjoy painting this way, as a bonus I don't have to rinse out and clean any brushes.