Andrew Pitt

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HOW TO LOOSEN UP YOUR PAINTING STYLE

(Some Practical Tips)

One of the most frequently asked questions at art club demonstrations and on painting courses is: How can I loosen up? The commonly held view seems to be that a loose painting style is the result of a god given devil-may-care artistic temperament. But students who attempt to copy a loose painting style without understanding end up with a picture that looks self-indulgent and slapdash. What follows is a brief list of practical suggestions to help overcome this problem. The purpose of this list to provide a set of useful guidelines which are easy to understand and can be used to achieve what can seem to be a rather elusive painting style. A casual glance at the list will reveal that a loose painting style does not come about by adopting an uninhibited approach. Instead I believe that a degree of self restraint and thoughtfulness is more likely to be successful.