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!
I sort of feel the same way. I am VERY new at painting but found my self SUPER CRITICAL and obsessing over details. Recently I started buying small cheep canvas just to mess around with and create thing just for the sake of painting. I found this very helpful and relaxing which translates in to the piece I paint for sale.I read the other comments and agree.
best of luck to you
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Good advice so far, you are probably using brushes that are on the small side. If you have come from watercolour to acrylic you are probably working too close to the support. Sitting down maybe? Try to stand while you paint, that allows you to use your wrist and elbow more freely.
I always try to not think in too much detail to start off. I like to paint the canvas or board all black first and then with white chalk (that can be removed after) I draw on the basic idea, such as a group of fruit in a bowl or a group of wildflowers. and I paint in loosely using the chalk drawing to guide me and let me be quick. when the first layer is dry I wash off the white chalk and now I have a great start . using a palette knife is wonderfully freeing too. you can use it to add lots of paint and also to scrape off paint quickly.