I've always been so controlled with my painting, doing mostly portraits. I've strained at getting the details right. But sometimes I'd like to just paint for a release. I'd like to let the control go and just explore. Any suggestions on how to get started being more fluid and expressionistic when one has been so focused on realism before? How does one move from painting by SEEING to painting by FEELING? And feel accomplished with it?
One approach would be to use a painting impliment that won't let you get too detailed. The little exercise I use is to grab my pallet knife and only paint with it! Use a good sized one and there is no way you can get detailed. I just slap the paint on and try to achieve something that resembles my subject matter. Have fun with it and don't be too critical of yourself...like finger painting as a child, just let yourself go and enjoy the process. Good Luck! ~Robin
That's fantastic advice! Or maybe a big paintbrush? Thank you so much! I'm going to try it!