Originally Posted by Hans van Aartsen
In order to practice a looser style of painting
Hans, first let me say, I am on the path of learning to paint, I am NOT a master or professional at all.
I am being honest because I have seen some of your work, and you look like you genuinely care about drawing and painting, and so I think: you are on the path too, which I respect.
My opinions, are not the opinions of a learned teacher or pro, bear that in mind.
So, disclaimers finished, I notice the phrase "trying to be looser"
and its variations are VERY OFTEN
used by people on this board.
It is practically an obsession, recently one quite talented poster deliberately removed his glasses, making himself half blind, in an effort to make his painting "looser".
PLEASE understand, looseness comes from having painted hundreds of pictures. Thousands of drawings. Not from trying to adopt "looseness" as a style. If you could count up all your paintings, do you have hundreds?
Do you have bulging folios or giant stacks of sketchbooks full of practice drawings?
That is where "looseness" comes from.
So get to work.
Paint a picture a day for the next year, paint sincerely, forget style, look for information, look for good colour and composition, and a sincerity of approach.
After a year, with your 365 paintings, you will ACTUALLY be looser, not just pretending.
If this is not what you want to hear, accept my apologies for being annoying, and move on, but it is nevertheless my belief.