Do you want to loosen up your painting style? Are you looking for something more expressive that is not so tight and lifeless? In this article you will see two Impressionist paintings of the same scene. One more traditional and the other more expressive. Both are loose and painterly. This variety of tyle and approach makes loosening up your painting exciting and rewarding.
Watch the video demonstrations then try out the paintings for yourself.
The Key to Loose Styles
If I could suggest one thing for you to practice it would be to simplify the scene into big shapes. In Part One of this series you will see how to achieve that. Light and dark shapes and warm and cool color are my top priorities in this painting. The result is a simplified scene. But it is still representational and the subject is clearly stated.
You can learn much more about these tips in my course How to Loosen Up Your Painting
Use Brushwork and Color
In Part Two I use the same reference, but you will see the colors get more expressive and brushwork more vigorous. It is an exciting approach that you can enjoy once you let go of a few inhibitions. You are not looking for a perfect photo representation. Instead you are suggesting content through shapes and color. Have fun!
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Does this loose and painterly style appeal to you? If so take advantage of my course How to Loosen Up Your Painting. The course does take you step-by-step through the most important techniques to use. There are plenty of demonstrations and references for you to try out.