I liked this composition so much I did a larger version too. It will be at the "Grand Affair" show at the Wally Workman Gallery in January.
Someone asked me today if I use a palette knife. I don't. But what I do ... do, is use crisp flat brushes. I buy good brushes (lately Silver Bristlon brights - the flats are too long for me) and every time I wash them I wrap them up to keep them flat. Below is a photo of the process. I used to put each brush up in the ... crack of a folded piece of cardboard and clamp the whole thing, but I realized after a while that I get the same results with just the paper towel. I fold the end down so it stays closed on its own.