Sunday, March 1, 2015

Loosening up Exercises

If you only paint occasionally it can seem as though you are starting right back at square one each time you start a new project. Here are a few tips to help you Sunday Painters loosen up:
  • If possible, set up a collection of several vases and containers of daisies (white ones) like I did for my class. If you can leave them up for the week, you will be able to do spontaneous sketches whenever the opportunity presents itself, instead of starting all over again.
  • Use opaque containers at this time, to concentrate on the mass or "cloud" of flowers".
    • Always start with a few loosening up sketches first.
    • Simplify. Create masses rather than a tedious collection of individual shapes
    • Practice direct brushwork, pre-wetting the background and "dropping in" additional color/value to create loosely suggested foliage and flowers.
    • Stay aware that you are practicing by using charcoal when you draw. See my examples above.
    • Keep it loose when adding color, too. Use a large flat brush and limit your brush strokes. 

1 comment:

  1. It is so strange how if you haven't painted in a while you start to feel so rusty. lol Great advice!