I came across artists in Maui painting oil with a pallette knife and was quite taken by the spontaneity and interpretive possibilities the technique offers.  As with batik, this oil painting technique works much better with a free interpretive
instead of a photorealistic style.  

I find a great freedom in simply not bothering to mix my colors too much on the pallette.  Instead I like to load up the knife and just swipe it onto the surface.  The colors blend and very often, not quite blend.  But in this continuum of colors, I celebrate. 

As such, my sky can be a rather free mix of ultramarine, pthalo blue and white.  The greeneries are a free flow of blue, viridian and yellow.  Nothing too precise.   Each piece of color is an individual depending on how the elemental colors blend with the stroke of the knife.  I prefer a somewhat impasto style with the texture adding an interesting dimension to the look.

I paint mainly on a hardboard.  I love the durability of this engineering panel.

At this point (late 2016), I am just starting to get comfortable with  oil impasto with the knife.  Keep up with me and I know I will improve. 

- Phil Soo
Blue tropical skies.  Mountain graced with trade wind clouds.  Lush growth.  Ocean waves running onto the shore.  Playfully interpreted with pieces of colors applied with the palette knife.
Memories of the north shore of Maui.  The lush Haiku cliffs plunging down into the restless Pacific.  Strong trades piling the clouds over Kahalewai in the distance.  A late afternoon sun saturates the landscape.
I want to capture the idea of rain bearing early morning clouds I see on my walk over Sandhills down to a view of Kahului harbor.  The rising sun colored the clouds into a palette to behold.
Colorful koi swimming.  The view somewhat distorted by the movement of the water surface.  Very economically captured by the flick on the edge of the knife.
I have a clump of the white bird-of-paradise in my garden.  I captured a view of it from my front porch about 20 feet away.  Just an idea with the movements in the wind.   Nothing precise.
Yellow Hibiscus.  Sunny and bright.
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