Thursday, August 30, 2012

Painting in Acrylics Then Oils: On Loosening Up

You remember that I posted a painting created by my Aunt Sue. It is a sports painting: boxers. But she also painted landscapes. Sue was very adept at drawing a portrait.

I've been thinking about what she said the first time she saw some of my acrylic paintings; she wasn't impressed, and she thought I should stick with my writing. But I kept on painting anyway. Eventually,  I got better.

I switched to oils. When I started taking painting classes, my teacher took the brush from me and put several brushes in one of his hands, and proceeded to give me a lesson on loosening up. He only painted with one brush at a time in case you are wondering. He also said I squeezed my paint tubes like his ex-wife squeezed the toothpaste. Not a stellar day in my painting lessons experience. But the advice to loosen up was good, and I applied his suggestion.

Then a local gallery started selling my paintings, and the owner took one of my paintings to the art auction in New Orleans.  I became artist in residence at a now defunct gallery in Georgia, but the collectors bought my paintings.

If you are having some trouble with your painting technique, maybe you should loosen up too. Definitely, keep on painting. Here's to your success.

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