Acrylic on Wood Panel
Two elements that work for me in creating painting knife pictures is to work rapidly and freely, and to simplify, simplify. I've been having my best success lately working in the studio with a friend or two. As we chat, I develop a relaxed state of mind and feel free to slather on and scrape off paint. I've been working from photos, though the finished products look a lot different.
The painting above reminds me a bit of an early influence on my childhood self: the work of Raoul Dufy.
I worked from a photograph of a closeup of trees in a forest. I slathered and scraped with abandon and I think it worked. It was largely a matter of trust in reproducing what I saw (though in a simplified way.) The picture doesn't resolve until you are far away from it.