Watercolor on Yupo - 11x17
It seems like most of my students through the years have wanted to learn to 'loosen up' their painting style. Not be so tight and controlled. But, how do you paint more freely and work more expressively? Below are some things to try.
Work at an easel or standing up at a table. This will allow your arm to move more freely as you paint and puts some distance between you and your art.
Make marks with your non-dominate hand/arm. This will force you to give up that tight control.
Hold the brush at the very end of the handle. Use large brushes. Make bold marks
Put on some energetic music. Move around and put energy into your painting.
Paint on a different surface. For Spring Fling I painted on yupo paper which has a slick surface that allows for a loose, impressionistic style while painting with watercolor.
Experiment with all of these ideas and practice, practice, practice! The more you paint, the easier it will be to loosen up. Enjoy the creative process. Have Fun!