Recently an artist asked me why is using thick paint and textured brushwork desirable? How can one use this technique especially in large areas like the sky?
The approach of working from thin to thicker paint, working fat over lean, usually starts with a thin wash of oil paint with a good measure of spirits mixed in. Perhaps a medium like liquin mixed in.
Then a layer of thicker paint over that one to develop the shapes further. Until the painting is done. Acrylics is worked in similar fashion using water to dilute the paint. The ability to use thick paint is something you can take advantage of.
It is an advantage because:
If some areas look wrong, scrape the paint off. Go over the scraped area again.
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Expect to make mistakes and have paintings that look like an abstract from far off too. Laugh and try again. I promise you when it clicks you will love it!
Watch a few videos of artists using the painterly approach. My top artist for this is Kevin Mapherson. For more adventurous painting look up Russian impressionist artists. They are wild and love the thick paint approach. Exciting work!
Right - now your turn. Send me a pic of your work if you like.
PS: Check out the video below for more tips. You can get more lessons on my course, Learn to Paint With Impact.
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