How to Loosen Up Your Painting
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- Use brushwork skills to paint in a loose, impressionist style.
- Assess a subject for suitable composition and potential for a strong painting.
- Master color mixing.
- Identify shapes, color and light effects with confidence.
- Students need basic painting skills.
Tired of Tight and boring paintings? Paintings that do not express how you feel about the subject? Frustrated with doing the same thing over and over?
What is the secret to loose and impressionist style of painting?
You will learn all of this and more. But loose does not mean sloppy. If you want to learn the real secrets of painting? Read on...
The essentials of painting are required to fully take advantage of the loose painting style.
I have created this course to help artists that want to get an overall understanding of the link between painting fundamentals and the loose style. Although this is an advanced course you will still be able to enjoy the course with only the basic painting knowledge.
This course shows full painting demonstrations of specific subjects. Each demonstration has a number of objectives. Your challenge is then to try out what you have learned before moving onto the next lesson. This way you will learn progressively and build your skills over time.
These are my paintings in the studio or outdoors. It is how I paint and how I produce the paintings for my art business. You are joining me in my daily painting practice.
In this course you will learn:
- How to see like an artist
- Simplification of shapes
- Understanding values by watching real painting demonstrations
- Understanding color in action
- How to prepare your painting
- Understanding edges by seeing how it is done
- Composition in practical terms
- Perspective (linear and aerial) the quick and effective way!
- Effective brushwork
- How to finish in style
By the end of this course you will be able to fully appreciate the steps needed to paint loose and free from bad habits.
Yes I will add more demonstrations that support the lessons learned. Also new subjects that will be of interest to you.
Ready to begin!
- Intermediate artists.
- Artists looking to take the next step in their painting skills.
Landscapes filled with light are highly sought after by collectors. Artists love to paint these landscapes for good reason. Why does the loose style make this objective easier to achieve? Here are some thoughts on this and a preview of what you will learn.
What does loose brushwork look like? There is not one way to use your brush. But loose brushwork does not look the same as flat layers of transparent pigment either. So let us begin by observing brushwork and figuring out what makes it loose. There is some degree of speed, vigor and placement of of the brush. Also ensuring that the stroke is not smoothed out.
In this bright and sunny painting I am continuing to focus on simplification of a scene. There are more topics to look at too. There is the contrast between warm and cool color that plays a major part in this painting. Look out for that in your painting exercise.
Also keep an eye on aerial perspective from the foreground to the hill in the distance.
Another aspect is how to add interest within shapes. You want to avoid flat shapes as they may look a bit boring. So add smaller shapes within the large shape. Slight variations of brushwork, paint thickness and a few darks or lights to add interest. But not too many contrasting elements - we do not want distraction either. Plus keep the values more or less consistent. The hill for example, has interesting marks. But overall its value remains the same more or less - low saturated color and cool compared to the foreground saturated color.
In Part 2 I try to bring the painting together by:
- re-establishing dark shapes.
- Checking edges are soft where necessary
- Adding highlights where necessary
- Adding a few fine brush marks for suggestion
Finally a completed painting. Overall I am happy with the result.
Now it is your turn to have a go. There is the reference to download or you can use your own.
Add your comments and final result in the discussion section.
In this demo I use the "box method" to draw the shape of the boats. Often the curving lines of a boat can be tricky to get right. This drawing method can be used for any subject.
Then I do into the blocking in stage with an eye on the following:
Get the darks and shadows in first;
Then the lightest light
Then get the first rough layout of paint covering the entire canvas.
Inspired by a beautiful morning at the beach. Waves and sea action around rock pools are always a great subject. Especially when the light is right and colors are at their best. In this demonstration I am looking for movement in the water, a combination of warm and cool color and a sense of depth in the water.
In Part 2 I have to make a few changes to improve the composition. It is important to catch these things early so that you avoid having second thoughts when the painting is finished. Stand back, assess the painting. Let the painting rest overnight and re-asses the next day. Often changes are evident after a bit of time. Then make them quickly to get back on track.
What about portraits or figures even? Here is an approach you can use for loose and expressive portraits. Try it out and don't worry if it looks strange to begin with. With some practice you can achieve exciting results.
Portraits can be intimidating when you are worried about getting the likeness correct. But it could be so much better with a loose expressive approach. Try this approach with your next portrait.