Today I felt the need to break away from small paintings and tiny brushes and cut loose. Funny how I always want to paint loosely, but my paintings get tight anyway. I know that happens to a lot of us, but why? Why is it so hard to leave things a little less refined?
I love the look of paint just doing its thing. My favorite paintings look like piles of paint up close, and something real from a distance. The kind of paintings that keep me walking up to the wall, then back ten feet, over and over, trying to see how the artist created his magic.
I don’t know if I could ever achieve that look, but if I don’t try, I won’t for sure. So on this one I forced myself to keep it loose by using only big brushes and unmixed paint. I think the smallest brush I used here was a #10. What a mess I made! I got paint everywhere – on my hands, on my sleeves, on my coffee mug. Did you know that Shout Ultra Gel laundry stain remover is really good at getting wet oil paint out of clothing? I didn’t until today. It has a little brush attachment on the end that rubs the paint right out. My long-sleeved black T-shirt once again has black sleeves!
The reference is from the Wet Canvas image reference library, and was posted for a challenge on the landscape forum. I’m still working up the nerve to post my version over there.
I was painting so quickly and was so covered in paint, I only got one in-progress shot. For what it’s worth, here it is: