I was really, REALLY excited to see the Gustav Klimt exhibition and to learn about how he interacted with the famous sculptor, Rodin (the answer is that they only met once). I loved seeing the GOLD, the patterns, the high Art Deco style...
I kept returning back to this one, even after walking to the other galleries. There's something about it that made me really inspired.
I went home and pulled out some acrylic paints and made my own version of this painting.
I'm working on loosening up my technique, so after this stiff painting, I decided to try again and to consciously be more loose with my brush strokes. Though I'm happier with the second painting, it was fun to give it a couple of tries and to take notes.
Here are a few things you can do to loosen up your painting skills:
- Paint left-handed if you're right-handed and vice versa
- Set a timer and finish a certain part of the painting under pressure
- Use a brush that's too big
- Mix paint on the canvas rather than on a palette
- DO NOT use black out of the tube
- Paint a splotch/random brush stroke, let it dry, paint a shape over it
- Allow pencil marks to show through
- Use your fingers!
- Don't hold the paint brush as though you're writing. If you must, then dab instead of drag
- Push paint sometimes, rather than just pull
- Allow plenty of room in your work space to make a mess