Welsh Landscapes: One of the students on my 3 day Landscape painting course at Burton Court, was taking about using a palette knife to give the landscape a grandeur and solidity. I suggested she looked at the work of Kyffin Williams. Kyffin was born in 1918 and died in 2006. There isn’t the room here to talk about his life, but I do love his work. If you want to see how wonderfully the palette knife can be used to create a landscape, this is your man. There is a simplicity about his work, but it is a sophisticated simplicity, built on a lot of drawing and work in situ with the landscape in front of him.
Charles Wyatt Warren was born 10 years earlier that Kyffin Williams. He uses a similar technique with perhaps a greater emphasis on colour that Kyffin. Both artists seem to use an under painting followed by some evidence of drawing, before using the palette knife in broad sweeps. Fine detail is suggested with just a deft movement of the knife. Great painting!