Wow! What a wonderful response to my previous article about how to paint with a loose style. It is also heartening to hear from many artists who appreciate the expressive nature of representational paintings. This loose style also resonates with collectors, which is good news for those who want to sell their work. But what is the key to painting loose?
The loose or painterly style is not easy. Let us get that out of the way right now. It is tough to make the change and there are good reasons for this.
How to charge up your confidence level?
Why is it difficult to give your artistic self freedom to create?
This quote from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach sums it up perfectly:
"Many of us have unconsciously erected seemingly insurmountable barriers to protect ourselves from failing or succeeding. We may think we're protecting ourselves by ignoring or denying our creative impulses, but really all we're doing is burying our authentic selves alive. "
Once these barriers are overcome your inner artist will be free to create. Your life will never be the same again. The fear of trying something new will disappear. The fear of painting something that, at first, looks amateurish will also be gone. Each step will be seen as merely another stage in the process.
I must add that once you recognise these self-made barriers they can be easily removed. After all they are most often imagined barriers. Change your thoughts - change your reality. Start right now.
If you recognise these confidence issues in yourself I would suggest the following. Get a pen and a private notebook and write a letter to yourself. Nothing fancy, but simply begin to write.
Writing has a way of detoxing the soul. It is not to be underestimated!
Finally - paint, Paint, PAINT!
With energy, drive and power. Big canvas, big brush and slap that paint on like you have a new lease on life. I find that a large painting knife is very satisfying as you make swooping paint shapes. Of course great music helps to spur on the moment. Keep this painting as your personal testament to the empowered artist set free. A reminder of who you really are.
A parting thought. Action is better than simply thinking about something. When you recognise your thoughts crowding in you must do something physical to snap out of the negative thought cycle. Pick up your brush and begin.
Malcolm Dewey: Artist. Country: South Africa