Artist Demo: Palette-Knife Painting with Ruth Scotch

January 12, 2023

Join us on Thursday, January 12th for an Artist Demo with Ruth Scotch and learn the advantages of painting using a palette knife! Ruth will show projects completed by past students of hers, which will help you understand why using the palette-knife improves one’s painting and helps you take your work to the next level–whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter. Ruth will also share the work that she creates using the palette-knife with photos, showing each stage of the process, and she will provide a live painting demonstration.


Ruth will teach a six-week palette knife painting class at Concord Art from January 23, 2023 to February 27, 2023. To register and learn more about the class, click here.


Image: Ruth Scotch, Sardine Study, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

More about Ruth:

For me, creating a painting is like detective work. It is trying to get to the truth of the matter while stumbling upon clues that will help solve the case.

I paint outdoor markets and cafés, children, and more recently, fish. The common denominator of these subjects is my fascination with color and light, shape and pattern. How can I take a mass of different shapes and colors and bend them to my will in creating a dynamic composition? What steps will lead me to a harmonious, yet visually challenging solution?

The shift in color as light falls on a person’s face, breaking the facial planes into patterns of shape, is as fascinating to me as a box of sardines. These subjects become colorful shapes and patterns in my compositions–contrasts of dark and light. I concentrate on these contrasts and shapes rather than the actual objects that I am trying to depict. In this way the geometries of light are first revealed and then slowly the details of the scene emerge through the underlying patterns. Then I am able to create the kind of spatial depth I seek in my work.