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Old 01-14-2006, 04:05 PM
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Tricks to make a TIGHT painting look loose

...btw there are lots of tricks to making a painting look loose, maybe a good subject for an article or classroom

This is part of Nick's response to JT's Challenge painting, the one with the chocolates, and her strong desire to get even looser.

I am impatient and anxious to learn about this and do not have the patience to wait until it "maybe" appears as an article or classroom and hope artists will participate and share in a simple discussion. I figured Doug could always move it into something permenant later on.

So I am going to PM Nick and ask him to get over here FAST!!!
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Old 01-14-2006, 04:23 PM
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

What I have personally found is that a lot of the "loose" painters paint "high key", does that make it easier????
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Old 01-14-2006, 04:28 PM
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

Uschi, what a great idea! Right now my brain hurts, and I have no ideas to share at all! Maybe later!
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

Uschi - this could be an interesting thread - why don't I move it to the Learning Zone?

A trick I saw on a TV programme called Watercolour Challenge some years ago was painting with the paper on the floor and the brush on the end of a 3 foot cane.

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Old 01-14-2006, 05:03 PM
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

Doug, I rarely come to the Learning Zone, so I hope other's are more dilligent than I am.
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

Will be checking this out regularly. I forgot who told me but they said squint when you paint.
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Old 01-14-2006, 05:08 PM
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

The link is still in the Wash Cafe, Uschi, but what a shame you are missing one of the most interesting forums.

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Old 01-14-2006, 05:14 PM
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

I was hoping that Nick meant that there are tricks to even make a tight painting look looose - where the heck is he when he is needed
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Doug, so should we respond and post here or in the Learning Zone one??????
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

Large brushes help make a painting actually loose, don't know about appearing loose! Cosmotop Spin (synthetic) brushes by daVinci come in large rounds with fine points, and are quite affordable.

Recently I used my new #30 to paint (underpainting -- lemon yellow) a bunch of stems & leaves in a half-sheet w/c, and it took less than 30 minutes to put them all in! The contours were already drawn in, though, with w/c pencils. The painting went much quicker than the drawing, I'm sure.
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

I am not a *loose* painter... but, elements in my paintings are often done quite loosely...

Control of your water in wet-in-wet applications is one of the techniques to making a painting look loose... allowing your colour to mix on the paper, rather than premixing on your pallette...
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

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I forgot who told me but they said squint when you paint.

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If you are very near-sighted like me, just take off your glasses and paint what you see. I am so near-sighted that all I see are blurry shapes and colors. Somewhere I have a painting I did without my glasses a long time ago..... it definitely is loose!
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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

Hi.

Well I guess I should leave a reply as most of my work these days is painted in a loose style.

But just what is a loose style?

Is it exactly the opposite of a tight style? How would you describe this method and in doing so would you find all the answers you need.

Tight = Detail.Avoid too much detail for loose work.

Tight = Every area perfectly painted? Leave some areas to the imagination for loose work.

And so on.

It's easy finding ideas and tricks when you turn the question around to how do you paint tightly first.

I hope this helps a little ?

I used to think if you painted without the use of a pencil sketch first your work would naturally become loose.Then I realised you can paint very fine detail and use your brush like a pencil so that isn't a good reply at all! It did help me though when I left botanical painting originally.

I have an exercise I use in a classrrom which involves everyone looking at a photo upside down.( The photo not you! ) You have thirty minutes to paint it without the use of a pencil as a preliminary sketch. It has to be a good photo for this to work with a limited amount of detail.

Working to a time limit really helps,no pencil really helps and you focus on colour and negative shapes only.

I'll find a suitable photo and share one as a challenge.It could be great fun and I know just which one to share!

Because we are working online this will involve trust that no one cheated and went over the thirty minutes or used a pencil or turned the photo around!

Everyone is welcome to join in.

I'll set the challenge and photo later today,you'll need a timer and a good sense of humour to share the results.

Is anyone interested?

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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

Time is always an ally in making a loose painting. Many of my best PA's are one's where I had to rush to finish or had little time for pencil.

Here's one at Erdigg North Wales where I had only 10 minutes before the bus went:



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Re: Tricks to make a painting look loose

Okay JJ,I'll find the most fun and suitable photo and hope no one cheats!

Great painting Doug!
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